After 18 years in Hoover, Ala., the SEC baseball tournament might have a new home next season.
The Southeastern conference has sent bid information to 12 different southern cities, while claiming Hoover — a suburb of Birmingham — will still be a potential host after its contract runs out this year, according to TheAdvocate.com’s Ross Dellenger.
A full list of options is not currently available, but these are the reported candidates (via Dellenger):
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- New Orleans, La.
- Orlando, Fla.
The first three all have Triple-A baseball stadiums, while Orlando is home to Walt Disney’s Champion Stadium, a 9,500-seat park that hosts the Atlanta Braves during spring training.
Official bids are due Wednesday, and the conference is expected to announce its future tournament site in May or June.
This year’s tournament will be held at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (capacity: 10,500) from May 24-29. Once one of the south’s premier minor league parks, the venue is now in its 30th year and without a permanent MLB affiliate for the third straight season.