The NJCAA has extended its agreement with the Grand Junction Baseball Committee to host the junior college association’s Division I Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, through 2044. The extension continues the long-standing relationship for an additional nine years. The event has been staged in the western Colorado city since 1959.

As part of the extension, the NJCAA and the Grand Junction Baseball Committee will seek new partnership to grow the event. The 10-team tournament was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, but will move to a seeded tournament for the first time in 2021.

“The NJCAA is pleased to extend our relationship with the city of Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Baseball Committee,” said Christopher Parker, NJCAA president and CEO. “The NJCAA DI World Series has long been a premier event in college athletics and we look forward to building on its rich history and traditions.”

“The Grand Junction Baseball Committee is extremely proud to extend our partnership with the NJCAA,” said Darren Coltrinari of the Grand Junction Baseball Committee. “The city of Grand Junction has become a special place for NJCAA Division I baseball programs and our community is extremely proud of that. For the first time since 1959, Memorial Day weekend will be quiet at Sam Suplizio Field, but it will be louder than ever to welcome back these amazing student-athletes in 2021. In a time that we all wish baseball was able to be played, it is an honor to celebrate the extension of this great tournament.”