The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Athletic Directors and Board of Presidents have approved a plan to move the OVC Softball Championship to the neutral site of Oxford, Ala., for the next two years beginning with the 2016 season. The eight-team double-elimination tournament will be held May 11-14, 2016 and May 10-13, 2017 at Choccolocco Park.
"We are delighted to host our softball championship at a first-class venue and are grateful for the support of the city leaders of Oxford," said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche.
The 2016 season marks the 23rd year the OVC Softball Championship has been held. It is the first year the tournament has been held at a neutral site. The previous 22 seasons, the league's tournament has been held on the campus site of the No. 1 seed.
"We are excited to be bringing the OVC Championship to Oxford and to what is a world-class softball facility at Choccolocco Park," JSU head coach Jana McGinnis said. "We are very lucky to be playing in this venue, which I believe will elevate our championship and take it to another level. The city of Oxford has worked very hard to get our league to make it the home of the OVC Softball Championship, and this is just the start of what is a bright future for softball at this facility."
The OVC Softball Championship will be the first event held at the recently completed Choccolocco Park. More information on the park can be found http://www.choccoloccopark.com/
The Ohio Valley Conference currently has 12 softball-playing institutions including Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Eastern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University, Jacksonville State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Courtesy: JSU Sports Information (www.jsugamecocksports.com)