Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Staying in Kingsport for 5 More Seasons

The Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament will be staying in Kingsport, Tennessee, for at least five more seasons.

Here is a release from the AAC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) have agreed to a new five-year agreement to host the men's and women's basketball conference tournaments at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

"We are very pleased to extend our long relationship with the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau with this new agreement for the Men's and Women's Basketball Championship Tournament," said AAC Commissioner John Sullivan. "The KCVB and the city of Kingsport have made a significant investment in the MeadowView Convention Center, which provides arguably the finest venue for NAIA basketball in the country.

"Kingsport currently hosts five of our Conference championship tournaments and we have an excellent working relationship with the KCVB and Marriott management and staff," Sullivan continued. We look forward to working together to provide a memorable experience for our student-athletes and fans for years to come."

The AAC basketball tournaments have been held at the MeadowView for the past three years, dating back to the 2012-13 season. Reinhardt University won the women's tournament crown in 2013 with Tennessee Wesleyan College capturing the men's title. Union College swept both the women's and men's tournament championships in 2014, and the Tennessee Wesleyan and Union scoring the women's and men's crowns, respectively, in 2015.

The projected dates for the AAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments are:

•February 24-27, 2016
•February 22-25, 2017
•February 21-24, 2018
•February 20-23, 2019
•February, 2020 (dates to be determined after the NAIA announces the national championship dates)

"We are excited that the Appalachian Athletic Conference has agreed to extend its partnership of hosting the men's and women's basketball championships in Kingsport through 2020," said Jud Teague, the Executive Director of the KCVB. "The MeadowView Convention Center will continue to serve as the host location for the championships. The AAC continues to be a great partner hosting five of its conference championships in Kingsport."

In addition to the basketball championships, Kingsport is home to the AAC's championship events for volleyball, softball and baseball. The volleyball tournament is also held at the MeadowView and is scheduled for Nov. 12-14. The softball tournament is set for April 26-29 at the new Brickyard Ball Fields, while the baseball championship will be held at Hunter Wright Stadium on May 9-12.

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