The 2023 Dominico Cup champion Welland Jackfish have been awarded the 2024 Intercounty Baseball League All-Star Showdown.
The first IBL All-Star event since 2016 will make its first trip to Welland Stadium 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 Kalnins 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 p.m. with the full format of the IBL All-Star Showdown being announced Dec. 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,” Jackfish President and Director of Fun Ryan Harrison said. “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,” Kalnins said.
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.