For 21 straight years, the SEC Baseball Tournament has called the Birmingham area home at the Hoover Met. It’s that time of year again, so check out our comprehensive Fan Guide for everything you need to know to make this Memorial Day Weekend perfect from the top of the first to the bottom of the ninth!
A Fan’s Guide to the SEC Baseball Tournament:
Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-27, 2018. Birmingham sports some mild average temperatures in late May, with highs around 82 and lows of 59. So expect nice and sunny days and cool comfortable evenings … perfect baseball weather!
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover, AL, is just 8 short miles from downtown Birmingham.
Click here for easy directions to the stadium and Hoover.
The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium can seat over 10,500 fans and boasts 12 private skyboxes. Wi-Fi access throughout the upper levels of the stadium make updating your social media status or keeping up with the tournament easy while watching the game.
Dude, where’s my car?
Parking is abundant and free at the Hoover Met, with 4,000 parking spots and a free shuttle service to the stadium entrance. There is also a family-friendly picnic area with covered pavilion nearby.
Click here for directions to Hoover and the Metropolitan Stadium.
Finley Center is SEC FanFest central
The state-of-the-art, air-conditioned Finley Center will be home base for the second year for the SEC FanFest. Ticket-holders are welcome to come and go as they please between the Hoover Met Stadium and the Finley Center, and they can enjoy the many activities designed with families in mind.
Throw some electronic darts, bounce on the inflatables, relax in the gaming areas and, of course, eat in the full-service food court. Meet your friends for a cold one at the indoor sports bar and enjoy live entertainment and a variety of food options. Oh, and don’t forget to ride the Ferris wheel outside!
“This is an interactive area that includes a Ferris wheel, zip line, inflatables, arcade games, live entertainment, a variety of food options and more. SEC Baseball FanFest admission is free!”
Erin Colbaugh. Events Coordinator, City of Hoover.
Nearby hotels in Hoover and Birmingham are convenient and close
- Courtyard Birmingham Hoover; 1824 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL (205) 988-5000.
- Hyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover; 2980 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL (844) 294-4874.
- Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Lakeshore Drive; 160 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham, AL (205) 940-9500.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Hoover-Galleria; 4520 Galleria Blvd. Hoover, AL (205) 380-3300.
- La Quinta; 120 Riverchase Pkwy East, Birmingham, AL (205) 403-0096.
- Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton; 2101 5th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL (205) 957-6828.
Remember, you can enjoy free parking and shuttle service all weekend!
As the culinary capital of the South, Birmingham’s diverse menus have something for everyone. If you are hankering for some good Alabama barbeque, the famous Saw’s BBQ is not far away. Saw’s is just one of many amazing BBQ joints in the area. For the gourmet palate, Birmingham is home to James Beard-award-winning restaurants as well.
While you’re out at the ballgames, treat yourself to an old-fashioned hot dog, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. The Hoover Met concessions will have all your ballpark faves.
The friendly people of Birmingham and Hoover are ready to welcome SEC baseball fans this Memorial Day Weekend at the SEC Baseball Tournament.
“As we prepare for the SEC Baseball Tournament, I look forward to visiting with the people that return to the Hoover Met each year. It’s always a joy to see familiar faces and welcome them back to our city,” said Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato.
Step right up and get your tickets, here!
Click here for all the info on the ticket packages, weekend passes, seating charts and parking.
So, when is my team playing?
Click below so you know exactly who’s playing and when!
Who’s on first?
On the opening day of the tournament, Tuesday, May 22, Seeds 5-12 will meet in four single-elimination games, followed by traditional double-elimination play Wednesday-Friday. The tournament returns to single-elimination play for Saturday’s semifinals and concludes with the championship game on Sunday, May 27.
All games Tuesday-Saturday will be televised live on the SEC Network with Sunday’s championship game shown live on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. central.
“The SEC Baseball Tournament is an annual event that provides opportunities for families to make lasting memories,” said Colbaugh.
Put me in, coach!
Are you looking for a unique way to experience the baseball tournament? Consider giving a helping hand to the SEC Baseball Tournament by volunteering. You will meet lots of new people from all over the Southeast and enjoy an exciting week of baseball! Click here for volunteer information.
Let’s play ball!