Good morning!! It is Tuesday May 21, 2024.

The Southeastern Conference Baseball Championship Tournament gets underway at the remodeled Hoover Met this morning. It is the 26th consecutive time for the event in Hoover. The tourney is a big deal, not just for the teams playing for a title but for the SEC, Birmingham/Hoover area and baseball as a whole.

Well above 100,000 fans attend the week of games, many bring their motor homes and campers and hangout all week. It put $18 million into the coffers of the City of Hoover last season. Plus, the national attention centered on the games gives the area publicity they couldn't buy.

It is a fun week if you are a baseball nut, people have been coming to the tourney for years and have made fast friends with other fans. Even a couple of proposals of marriage have reportedly taken place.

The marks the final year of the current tournament format. Upon conference expansion with Texas and Oklahoma, the 2025 SEC Tournament will move to a 16-team single elimination tournament

The contract for the tournament is coming up for renewal. Some schools want to move the tournament to Dallas and play it in a major league stadium, others want to play the games in the Triple-A stadium in Nashville. But with Hoover being pretty much in the heart of the soon the be expanded SEC, the Hoover seems the be the best place to keep it.

The City of Hoover is investing millions into upgrading and remodeling the facility. Additionally, the SEC offices are just down the expressway in downtown Birmingham.

Here is hoping the conference keeps the games in Hoover where they don't have to share the week with big league teams. Keep the attention on college ball, that is what it's all about.

The games this week will begin with beautiful and warm weather. As the weekend approaches there will be scattered showers that could prompt a delay or two but overall, the chances for rain are expected to be relatively small.

The Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 89. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 5 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night

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