The Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament returns for a 21st consecutive year to the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in the south-Birmingham city of Hoover, Ala., May 22-27.
The 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament will continue to feature 12 teams and will begin on Tuesday, May 22. Seeds 5-12 will meet in a single elimination format on the opening day of the tournament, followed by traditional double-elimination play Wednesday-Friday. The tournament will return to single elimination play on Saturday. A total of 17 games will be played throughout the tournament.
The 12 teams are seeded 1-12 with the two divisional champions and top four seeds guaranteed opening-round byes, with the possibility of earning another later in the bracket. The tournament field will include the top teams from the SEC's Eastern and Western Divisions plus 10 at large bids seeded 3-12 based on conference winning percentage.
Located eight miles south of Birmingham, Hoover Metropolitan Complex seats 10,800 for baseball, but can accommodate more than 16,000 when utilizing the grassy viewing areas. The Hoover Met formerly served as home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) of the Southern League. The stadium also has served as host of the NCAA Men's Soccer Final Four, as well as home to the nationally renowned Hoover Buccaneer high school football program.
LSU defeated Arkansas to win the 2017 SEC Tournament, giving the Tigers 12 SEC Tournament titles, the most of any team. LSU also became the first regular-season champion to win the SEC Tournament since Florida in 2011. A record 35 home runs were hit during the 2017 SEC Tournament.
Annually the most premiere conference tournament in America, the 2017 SEC tournament field included seven of the nation's top 25 teams, three of which were ranked in the top-10 going into tournament play. The 2016 tournament set a new bar for attendance, drawing over 150,000 fans to the Hoover Met.
All games of the SEC Baseball Tournament were nationally televised.