SEC awaits bids for baseball tourney site

By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Five cities are expected to make bids to host the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

The league sent bid packages to Hoover and Montgomery, Ala., Memphis, Duluth, Ga., Jacksonville, Fla., and Jackson, Miss., says SEC assistant commissioner Craig Mattox. Little Rock, Ark., also received one but said Monday it won’t bid because its stadium doesn’t meet the SEC’s preference of at least 10,000 seats.

The tournament has been held in Hoover’s Regions Park since 1998. It’s set to remain there through next season.

Proposals are due Friday from other cities, but a decision could be months away.

It’s the first time the baseball event has been opened up for bids.

Memphis, Duluth and Hoover all meet the 10,000-seat standard.