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The 2016 SEC Tournament will be played in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.

Wednesday May 28, 2014Jacksonville to host 2016 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

The 2016 SEC Tournament will be played in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.

The Southeastern Conference has awarded the 2016 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament to Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jacksonville Sports Council, Commissioner Mike Slive announced today.

 

The 2016 tournament will be played in the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena which is a 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena. Built in 2003, the Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame, and has hosted events such as the 2006 and the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and will again be the site of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Arena is also home of the AFL Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants, and the Jacksonville University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

 

The Jacksonville Sports Council, a division of Gator Bowl Sports, worked with the SEC to secure this event for the City of Jacksonville. 

 

In addition to hosting the 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Jacksonville will also serve as host in November 2015 to a premiere women’s basketball event involving two SEC teams. Additional information on this event will be available at a later date.

 

Quotes:

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive

“The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to travel to Jacksonville, a new site for our women’s basketball tournament. We look forward to showcasing our women’s basketball programs in the Sunshine State for the first time. Our student-athletes, coaches and current fans will greatly enjoy their visit and the exciting games will forge new fans of SEC women’s basketball in the process.”

 

Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler

“It’s exciting for the state of Florida and for Gator fans to have such a tremendous display of elite college women’s basketball being played within a short drive of Gainesville. With the 2015 Women’s Final Four in Tampa and Jacksonville’s commitment to having the 2016 SEC Tournament, as well as arranging for additional games to be played in the area, is fantastic for the sport, our conference and the Gators.”

 

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

“Jacksonville is honored to host the 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Our city has become a premier venue and destination for major sports events.  We’ll be ready to show our hospitality and offer a warm Jacksonville welcome to the tournament teams and their many fans from throughout the Southeast region.”

 

Carl Cannon, Chairman of the Jacksonville Sports Council

“We are extremely excited to bring such a premiere sporting event like the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament to the Northeast Florida area. This is a great opportunity to showcase our area as well as to further enhance our partnership with the Southeastern Conference.”

 

 

Other Future SEC Tournament Sites:

·         2015 North Little Rock, Arkansas

·         2018, 2022 and 2026 Nashville

 

Previous SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament sites:

14 cities have hosted: Albany, Ga.  (1987-1992); Athens, Ga. (1984, 1986); Baton Rouge, La. (1981); Chattanooga, Tenn. (1993-1997, 1999-2000); Columbus, Ga. (1998); Duluth, Ga. (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014); Greenville, S.C. (2005); Jacksonville, Fla. (2016); Knoxville, Tenn. (1980, 1983); Lexington, Ky. (1982); Oxford, Miss. (1985); Memphis, Tenn. (2001); Nashville, Tenn. (2002, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2022, 2026); and North Little Rock, Ark. (2003, 2006, 2009, 2015).

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:

Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FloridaWomensBasketball

Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK  and  @CoachButlerUF 

 

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