NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tickets for the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Championship are now on sale. This year marks the
first time the event will be held at Pringles Park in Jackson,
Tenn. Pringles Park is the home of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, the
AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The event is May 26-29 (30) and will feature the top six teams in the OVC playing in a double-elimination format.
Tickets for the event will be $10 per day or $30 for an all-session pass (up to 11 total games). There is also a $8 a day rate for students/faculty of OVC-member schools or groups. All seats at the 6,000-seat park are general admission for the OVC Championship.
Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Diamond Jaxx box office or by calling (731) 988-5299. A link to order tickets online will be available within the next week and posted at OVCSports.com.
Pringles Park opened in 1998. The venue hosted the 1999 Southern League All-Star Game and will also host that event in 2011. Pringles Park also has luxury suites, a video board and merchandise shop that will be used for the championship. Pringles Park, the city of Jackson and the OVC announced a three-year agreement to hold the 2010, 2011 and 2012 championships at the venue in June 2009. More information on the stadium and the Diamond Jaxx can be found at http://westtenn.diamondjaxx.milb.com.
Jackson, Tenn. is located along Interstate 40 about 195 miles from Cookeville home of the defending tournament champion Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
This marks the 31st year for the OVC Baseball Championship. The first elimination style tournament was held in 1980, most usually being played at the site of the regular season champion. Beginning in 2001 the tournament switched to a neutral site for the first time, as the last nine championships had been held at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Ky.
The Ohio Valley Conference currently has nine baseball-playing institutions including Austin Peay State 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. Tennessee State University, a member of the OVC in all other sports, does not sponsor baseball. SIU Edwardsville, the league's newest member, is ineligible for postseason play until 2013 due to the program's reclassification efforts to full Division I status.