MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Riverwalk Stadium will be the host site for the annual Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament starting in 2020, the conference announced Thursday.
The Sun Belt Conference came into agreement with the Central Alabama Sports Commission and the city of Montgomery on a five-year term from 2020-2024.
"Montgomery is a city rich with history and more recently it has seen a revitalization of its downtown area that will make for a perfect home for the Sun Belt Baseball Championship," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the city of Montgomery as it has provided a first-class experience for fans and student-athletes in recent years with our partnership in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Sun Belt is excited about the future of the baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium starting in 2020."
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to build our relationship with the Sun Belt Conference," said Central Alabama Sports Commission Executive Director Johnny Williams. "Over the past five years, they have been a great partner in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and we look forward to expanding that partnership and their footprint in our community with the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship."
"We commend the Sun Belt Conference for choosing Montgomery to host the conference's baseball championship starting in 2020," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. "Home of the Montgomery Biscuits – one of Minor League Baseball's hardest working front offices, Riverwalk Stadium boasts pristine facilities in the heart of our city's entertainment district, and our entire community looks forward to welcoming another new tradition to the Capital of Dreams!"
Riverwalk Stadium, located in downtown Montgomery, opened in 2004 and is currently home to Minor League Baseball AA Tampa Bay Rays affiliate the Montgomery Biscuits. The stadium seats 4,500 and can accommodate up to 7,000 fans.
Currently, different member school hosts the tournament each year. The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns will host this year's tournament which runs from May 22-27, and Coastal Carolina will host the 2019 tournament in Conway, South Carolina.