C-USA baseball tournament brings money, exposure to the Coast
The Conference USA baseball tournament will return to Biloxi’s MGM Park for the third consecutive year in May.
The eight-team, double-elimination event will be held May 22-26 at the home of the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers.
The 2017 event set new attendance records for the C-USA tournament, including a crowd of 5,216 for the championship game. Crowds were smaller in 2018 with significant weather delays taking place on the first three days of the tournament.
Southern Miss beat FAU 12-3 in the 2018 title game.
The first four days of competition of the 2019 tournament will be available to watch on ESPN3 and ESPN+. The championship game will air on CBS Sports Network.
The announcement came during a press conference Wednesday featuring Mayor Fofo Gilich, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast CEO Milton Segarra, Beau Rivage Vice President of Legal Counsel Anthony DelVescovo and Overtime Sports CEO Tim Bennett.
“We hope to enter into a multi-year agreement to keep hosting C-USA,” Segarra said.
“We can compete in a big arena when it comes to sports. We have a huge opportunity with sports.”
Gillich echoed that, saying the city hopes to bring more SEC baseball and possibly some Cuban teams to play at MGM Park.