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We Last Broadcasted Live 04/20
(Game 6 Pro/ExPro Singles).

Last few Performances Sun 06/23, Tue 06/25, Sat 06/29, Tue 07/02, Sat 07/06, Tue 07/09.

Next LIVE Performance TBA.

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NJAA 5th Anniversary a big success

The National Jai-alai Association celebrated its 5th anniversary Saturday with a "Merry Festival" like atmosphere as a record number of players engaged in an exciting 8-game performance.  The event was attended by about 70 people with 25 players participating.  Various singles, doubles and a unique game featuring only ex and current pro players.  Some former pro players drove all day to play on the card, including former Newport players Jai-a-Lou and Denver.   Puryear park "alums" Rocco and Sebio played, while another Puryear alum Derek had to scratch due to a bad back.  America's first American jai-alai player, Randy, also scratched for a family event. 

The event featured a 20-page, preset 8 game lineup and included a colorful 20 page program.  A smoker and BBQ grill was set up along with the program stand and gift shop with T shirts.  All the "Matt" balls have now sold out.  Some great cheeseburgers and smoked chicken were prepared by Brian and Herberto.  The booth was attended by Ariana Garcia.  Play started on time at 5pm, and was over in a crisp 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Skies were cloudy and the 50% chance of rain predicted went to the north and south of us.  

The big highlight and drawing card for the event had to be the new wall. Raised four feet under the direction of contractor Scott King, the court has an entire new look and play.  Several balls played off the wall with no problem, often sounding like a shot off the Green Monster.  Mr. King needs to be commended for his hard work of several days out there getting the court ready for play.  There was no pay involved - the city's Weeki Wachee fund only covered the materials.

Jai-alai legend Sarmiento, 84, threw out the first ball.  It was a perfect throw - as expected!  He won the first singles game ever played at Tampa Jai-Alai in 1953 and was the top ITM player the 1953-1954 seasons.

Everybody had a good time, and perhaps we can do this yearly, instead of waiting till 2018 for the 10th anniversary event!  

Results of 8 game performance 04/20/13:
Game # 1 Spectacular 11 pts Doubles				Game # 5 Spectacular 11 pts Doubles
7) RULE/PCAST        						2) ANTHNY/PBERG          
2) Mark/Laca         						3) Rocco/Neel             
4) Anthny/JaiLou     						5) King/Chris             

Game # 2 Straight 7 pts Doubles					Game # 6 Straight 10 pts Singles (Pro/ExPro Only)(5 Players)
1) JAILOU/LACA          					5) ROCCO               
2) George/PBerg         					3) Denver               
7) Kyle/PCast           					1) JaiLou                

Game # 3 Spectacular 11 pts Doubles				Game # 7 Spectacular 15 pts Frontcourt Singles Championship
6) CRAB/PBERG         						8) ROCCO                
5) Rule/Chip              					1) Kulstr                 
3) Rocco/PaulH           					6) Anthny                 

Game # 4 Spectacular 15 pts Backcourt Singles Championship	Game # 8 Straight 15 pts Doubles Feature Game
2) MIKE                  					6) ANTHNY/CHRIS         
8) EricM                 					4) EricL/EricM          
3) Chris                  					1) Crab/Chip            

The only negative item was that one player failed to show, Julio.  Julio confirmed to play April 10th but never showed up, nor did he say he wasn't coming.
EricM filled in his post positions. (Game #2 Post 6)(Game #4 Post 8)(Game #8 Post 4)
Click Below for full program of event and click any pic to enlarge.

Click picture for Story and Pics of Progress.

Click Here for some Jaialai Action from St Thomas
Jaialai Heaven in Connecticut.

“Laca” one of first to sponsor pro jai-alai with banner on wall.

One of Laca’s products, ScaleBlaster was featured on the actual Orlando Jai-alai court.
There was also a ½ page ad in the program.

Another Magicmike Program
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St. Pete Jai-Alai Court
Dedication a huge Success

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America’s first public jai-alai court opened in St. Petersburg April 19, 2008 with a big court dedication ceremony and a ‘Merry Festival’ like atmosphere.
Click any link below.

Story and photographs of the event
WSPF-TV broadcast of Court Dedication
FOX-13 live broadcast “Charlie’s World”
(long version)

FOX-13 live broadcast “Charlie’s World”
(short version)

CBS-10 6pm and 11pm newscast reports
St. Pete Times article (printed version)
St. Pete Times article (on-line version)
Official City of St. Pete invitation
NJAA Court Dedication Flyer
NJAA 5-page Press Release
20-page Presentation booklet
“Home video” of court dedication

Video of court ACTION!

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After years of hard work and determination, the NJAA is proud of it's first accomplishment - the City of St. Petersburg is the first municipality in the United States to build an amateur jai-alai court for public play! Plan on joining us for our "Merry Festival"

City of St. Pete City Council Meetings and Events

St. Pete City Council Meeting on
December 6th, 2007 on Jai-Alai

St. Pete Jai-alai court

Perfect game! St. Pete City Council on
December 20, 2007
approves additional jai-alai funds by 7-0 vote!

St. Pete Jai-alai court

The Innovation and Persistence Award is given to Paul Kubala of the Edgemoor Neighborhood Association and the NJAA
Innovation and Persistence Award