ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference men's and women's soccer championships, as well as the volleyball championship will have new homes beginning in 2019, the League office announced on Thursday (Feb. 7).
The SAC Men's and Women's Soccer Championships will be moving to the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews, while the SAC Volleyball Championships will take place at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center. Both championships will be played at their new locations for two years with options to renew after the 2020 championships.
"As a conference we are always looking for ways to enhance and improve the championship experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans," said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. "Hosting these championships at first-class venues such as these will definitely accomplish that goal and we are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with the city of Rock Hill and begin a new one with Mecklenburg County."
The Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews features a 4,117-seat grass stadium with a two-story field house, two locker rooms, referee locker rooms, concession stand and video scoreboard. The Sportsplex is home to the United Soccer League Charlotte Independence, as well as being the host of numerous tournaments throughout the year. Click here for more information on the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex.
"Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is excited to partner with the SAC to host their Men's and Women's Soccer Championships at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews in 2019," said Mecklenburg County Sportsplex Recreation Facilities Manager Preston Buckman. "The Sportsplex is committed to providing a first class facility for the athletes, coaches and spectators."
The Rock Hill Sports and Event Center is currently under construction and set to open its doors in June of 2019. Located in the Knowledge Park corridor of the City of Rock Hill, the new indoor center will feature a 1,200-seat championship court, a 700-seat main court, 8 basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts and a walking track. Click here for more information on the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center.
"The City of Rock Hill is very excited to welcome the SAC Volleyball Championship to the new Rock Hill Sports and Event Center, said John Taylor, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director for the City of Rock Hill. "We look forward to hosting this event and providing quality customer service and hospitality to volleyball teams and fans from across the southeast region."
The 2019 SAC Men's and Women's Soccer Championships will kick-off on Friday, November 15 with the semifinals and the finals will take place on Sunday, November 17, while the first serve of the 2019 SAC Volleyball Championship semifinals of the will take place on Friday, November 22, followed by the final on Saturday, November 23.
For more information on the South Atlantic Conference Championships visit www.thesac.com/championships.