South Carolina will host the 2014 SEC Softball Tournament, the school and conference announced on Friday.
The 2014 tournament will take place May 7-10 at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
The facility, which opened this spring, will be showcased nationally as all nine games of the SEC Tournament will be aired on the ESPN family of networks.
“I am so thrilled that the SEC Tournament is coming to South Carolina in 2014,” coach Beverly Smith said in a statement. “The timing is perfect for South Carolina to be able to showcase our brand new stadium. The support that our administration is putting to softball will be evident when people see all the beautiful shots of the stadium.”
The Gamecocks, who have won the tournament twice (1997 and 2001), will host the event for the first time.
Last season, South Carolina returned to the tournament and defeated host Kentucky in the first round. All 10 participants at Kentucky last year made the NCAA Tournament, as well as non-tournament participant Mississippi State.
South Carolina has hosted several SEC championship events, most recently the 2012 women’s golf event. Cross country hosted the 2010 championship, while the last event was the 2003 volleyball tournament. The Gamecocks will also host the 2014 equestrian championship.