Southern Conference Baseball Tournament Sites Selected
Hilton Head, S.C. - The Southern Conference Baseball Tournament will return to Charleston, S.C. in 2008 before moving to Greenville, S.C. for 2009. The tournament will return to Charleston in 2010, it was announced by Commissioner John Iamarino.
On Wednesday, the Southern Conference athletics directors entertained bids from The Citadel for Charleston, the City of Greenville and from the USA Baseball facility in Cary, N.C.
“The quality and depth of the three bid presentations we had was a testimonial to how popular our baseball tournament has become. We’re very pleased to continue the great success we’ve enjoyed in Charleston and looking forward to experiencing the tournament in Greenville in 2009. Both communities have expressed a strong desire to host the Southern Conference,” said Iamarino.
The tournament will return to the 6,000-seat Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston in 2008. The $19.5 million ballpark is home of the Class A Charleston River Dogs, a South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Yankees.
In 2009, the championship will move to Greenville’s West End Field. The 5,700-set facility opened in 2006 and is home to the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
The tournament has been played in Charleston for the past 18 years and at Riley Park since 1997. Prior to moving to Charleston in 1990, the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament was held in Cullowhee, N.C. (1984 and 1986), Boone, N.C. (1985) and Asheville, N.C. (1988-89).
The Southern Conference boasts one of the top drawing baseball tournaments in the nation. Last week’s tournament attracted a total of 31,298 fans attended the 16-game tournament, an average of 1,956 per game. Unheralded Wofford won the championship, downing The Citadel in the championship game before 3,882 fans