Sun Belt Conference announces Smoothie King Center among 2019-20 and 2020-21 Championship Sites

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NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced Friday four host sites for championships for the 2020-21 season, chosen through a bid process received from member institutions.

The Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will move to a new location in New Orleans for 2019. The tournament will be played at the Smoothie King Center on March 14 and 15. Both men and women will bring the final four teams left in the tournament to New Orleans.

Two championships in the fall were awarded as UT Arlington will host the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships and Appalachian State will host the 2020 Volleyball Championship. In the spring, Troy and South Alabama were awarded the 2021 Softball Championship and the 2021 Outdoor Track and Field Championship, respectively.

The Men’s Soccer Championship rotates on an annual basis and will be hosted by Georgia State in 2020.

Sun Belt hosted Championships include women’s soccer, indoor track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and baseball.

The Baseball Championship will be held at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium in 2020 in the first of a five-year deal with the capitol city of Alabama.

The 2019 Women’s Soccer Championship will again be held in Foley, Ala., marking the fourth consecutive season at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.

The 2020 Women’s Golf Championship will return to LPGA International in Daytona Beach for a second consecutive year.

The Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, held simultaneously at the Peachtree Tennis Facility in Peachtree City, Ga., will split into two separate Championships starting in 2020. The Men’s Championship will take place from April 16-19 and the Women’s Championship will follow from April 23-26.

Below are the hosts and sites of Championships for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. For dates and further details regarding the 2019-20 Championships – visit our Championship Schedule page:

2019-20
Cross Country: Hampton, Ga. (Host: Georgia State)
Women’s Soccer: Foley, Ala. (Foley Sports Tourism Complex)
Men’s Soccer: Boone, N.C. (Host: Appalachian State)
Volleyball: San Marcos, Texas (Host: Texas State)
Football: Campus Site (TBD)
Basketball: Campus Sites/New Orleans, La. (Campus/Smoothie King Center)
Indoor Track and Field: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham CrossPlex)
Women’s Golf: Daytona Beach, Fla. (LPGA International)
Men’s Golf: TBD
Men’s Tennis: Peachtree City, Ga. (Peachtree City Tennis Complex)
Women’s Tennis: Peachtree City, Ga. (Peachtree City Tennis Complex)
Outdoor Track and Field: Lafayette, La. (Host: Louisiana)
Softball: Atlanta, Ga. (Host: Georgia State)
Baseball: Montgomery, Ala. (Riverwalk Stadium)

2020-21
Cross Country: Arlington, Texas (Host: UT Arlington)
Women’s Soccer: TBD
Men’s Soccer: Atlanta, Ga. (Host: Georgia State)
Volleyball: Boone, N.C. (Host: Appalachian State)
Football: Campus Site (TBD)
Basketball: Sun Belt Conference (TBD)
Indoor Track and Field: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham CrossPlex)
Women’s Golf: TBD
Men’s Golf: TBD
Men’s Tennis: Peachtree City, Ga. (Peachtree City Tennis Complex)
Women’s Tennis: Peachtree City, Ga. (Peachtree City Tennis Complex)
Outdoor Track and Field: Mobile, Ala. (Host: South Alabama)
Softball: Troy, Ala. (Host: Troy)
Baseball: Montgomery, Ala. (Riverwalk Stadium)

About the Sun Belt Conference
With each passing season, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as a FBS member in 2001, the Sun Belt has earned due respect in the FBS over the last several years by consistently beating teams from peer conferences, winning bowl games and upsetting Power Five teams.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy give the league 10 football members. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in sports other than football.

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