Even in the face of tough competition, the athletic directors of all 14 SEC schools, voted in favor of keeping the SEC baseball tournament where it’s been the last 19 seasons. The tournament will stay in Hoover, Alabama, selected over New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis and Jacksonville.
The SEC Baseball Tournament features what many consider the best college baseball teams in the country. As a fan that attends the tournament regularly, I think they made the correct decision. It is a great event and the fan-friendly environment in Hoover is top-notch. The city has hundreds of volunteers, that help keep the traffic in and out of the stadium flowing. Parking is free all week-long, and shuttles are provided for those who need a ride or don’t get a premier parking spot close to the stadium.
But what really sets Hoover apart, is the RV area – it really is Party Central all week long. And it is affordable, weekly parking permit can be reserved for only $250. “It’s a fantastic bargain,” according to a Mississippi State fan. “There is no way any of us would be able to park at any new location.”
Even though fans seem to love the tournament the way it is in Hoover, it will actually be getting better. A $70 million dollar overhaul to the area surrounding Hoover Met Stadium has been approved. Included will be six new practice fields, allowing the teams will be to practice onsite and not have to wait for the previous game to end to begin warm-ups. There will be other improvements, according to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “There will be an event center just adjacent to where right field is currently, outside the footprint of the stadium, that will be available for a fanfare type atmosphere, food, some entertainment, (and) also accommodate our teams in a new way.”