Dania Jai-alai is all set for the grand RE-opening of jai-alai this Thursday night at 7pm. The 69-year-old fronton was all thought to be dead about a year ago when about 800 fans packed the building for what was a farewell to Dania Jai-alai (and for all intent purposes the end of full court, goat-skinned pelota after a 98-year run in the USA).
The season will run for two months in a tournament style with lots of new, young players on the 22-man roster. The new players are here in the USA and practicing – as you see view in the video we have posted here.
Some more good news – the two Dave’s – longtime veteran announcer “Big” Dave Lemmon and ESPN’s Dave LaMont (shown in the photo along with player manager Benny Bueno last year) will be returning to the booth to cover much of the action. However, “Big Dave” will be handling Sunday’s matinee action.
We will be anticipating the new video system in place, already witnessed in a couple of scenes from their slick roster introduction scene and the “Benny interviewing Benny” clip.
A grand reopening ceremony is planned for Thursday night.
The Pelota Press is a sponsor of this seasonal return of Dania jai-alai and will be onsite for the first few performances with plenty of coverage information coming up by the end of the weekend.
Try to help support Dania jai-alai for this two short two-month return. Positive handle and crowd numbers will go a long way if there is more Dania jai-alai to come after this.