Welland Jackfish Announce 2024 IBL All-Star Showdown: Expect Unprecedented Entertainment and Thrills. Photo Credit: Facebook/Welland Jackfish
Welland Jackfish to Host 2024 IBL All-Star Showdown
Fresh off their 2023 Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) Championship season, the Welland Jackfish have been awarded the 2024 IBL All-Star Showdown.
The event in the Rose City will be the first IBL All-Star event since 2016 and will take place at Welland Stadium, aka The Pond, on July 20, 2024.
“We are very excited to announce that the Welland Jackfish will be hosting the 2024 IBL All-Star Showdown,” IBL Commissioner Ted Kalnin said.
“Welland has taken in-game entertainment and fan interaction to a new level, and the All-Star Showdown will be no different.”
Fans can plan for the festivities to begin on Saturday, July 20 at 1 PM, with the full format of the IBL All-Star Showdown being announced on December 9 during the Jackfish Christmas Party at Tailgates Bar and Grill in Welland.
“This will be unlike any All-Star event fans have ever seen,” said Jackfish President and Director of Fun, Ryan Harrison.
“We are breaking away from the traditional format and making it an event of non-stop action, entertainment, and showmanship.”
Tickets to the IBL All-Star Showdown will be available to fans based on priority, with current 2024 Jackfish Season Members and ticket package holders having first access to All-Star ticket options.
“In the coming month, we look forward to sharing more details on the events surrounding the All-Star Game and
Home Run Derby, which will make it extra special for the fans and players of the IBL,” added Kalnins.
The Jackfish, entering their fifth season in 2024, earned IBL Executive of the Year honours in 2019. They continued their success in the league’s return in 2021, doubling attendance ever since.
In 2023, the Jackfish won their first IBL championship while leading the eight-team league in attendance, averaging over 1,589 fans per game.
“Just get your popcorn ready and get mentally prepared, we are giving fans something to root for and get behind,”
a jovial, Harrison said.
The July All-Star Showdown is in the middle of the IBL’s 42-game regular season schedule.
Each team in the eight-team league plays 21 home and 21 road games from May until August, while the postseason runs in September.
Stay tuned to www.theibl.com and www.wellandjackfish.com for all future All-Star-related announcements.
Those interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Welland Jackfish at 905-735-9834.
The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professionals and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2024 season marked the IBL’s 106th year in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Chatham-Kent, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Toronto and Welland.
Rod Mawhood is a lifelong Niagara native who has had the pleasure of working in all three mediums – Radio, Print and TV – for over 20 years. His first announcing gig was with the then St. Catharines Stompers. Since then he’s worked in radio and TV in Toronto, and currently is the announcer for the Niagara IceDogs and Niagara River Lions.
Rod also covers the Buffalo Bills for FOX Sports and the Buffalo Sabres for NBC Sports.