After the league announced the bidding procedure to other cities, the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament is keeping on in Hoover for a minimum of five more years.
Mike Slive, SEC Commission pronounced a contract with the Alabama Sports Foundation and the city of Hoover to keep on the tournament at Regions Park until 2016.
Craig Mattox, SEC assistant commissioner, the executive director of the tournament said, the league accepted bids for hosting the five day, double-elimination tournament from New Orleans, Montgomery, Ala., Memphis, Duluth, Ga, and Jacksonville, Fla.
Slive said, “The bids were all very competitive. There are pluses and minuses at every site, but after a thorough review, we decided that we would stay here at Regions Park in Hoover.”
“They were competitive in every way, and they also had the benefit of having run a successful tournament with us over the years. Our fans have responded very positively to this location.”
Site and the neighboring RV Park were large selling points for selecting to go on the tournament in the Birmingham community.
Since 1998 it has been held in Hoover, although the preceding agreement expired after the 2011 tournament which runs from May 25 to 29. Members of the league LSU and South Carolina have won the previous national titles.
Slive said, “SEC baseball supporters have had a major impact on the success of this event, and we look forward to continuing to provide them with a great environment and experience.”
In attendance SEC games will exceed 2 million this season and standard over 5,000 followers for the first time Over 130 games will be televised under the contract of the league with ESPN, he added, “which is really unpredecented television coverage for college baseball.”
Gene Hallman, executive director of the Alabama Sports Foundation said, “We did have a lot of rooms secured and blocked prior to the tornadoes so the teams and most of their fans should be able to be accommodated.”
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