Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SWAC announces 2016-17 Championship sites

 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has finalized its list of championship sites for the 2016-17 season.

The first conference championship event of the year will be contested in a familiar place, as men’s and women’s cross country will return to the Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss. on Friday, Oct. 21. The league will then head west for the SWAC Soccer Tournament, as Prairie View A&M will host the event in its state-of-the-art facility from Nov. 3-6.

From there, Jackson State University will welcome teams for the SWAC Volleyball Tournament which is scheduled for Nov. 18-20. Closing out the fall slate of championships will be the Toyota SWAC Football Championship, which will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Dec. 3, 2016.

Kicking off the winter championships will be indoor track and field, which is set for Feb. 16-17, 2017 at the Birmingham Crossplex. In one of the big changes to the ledger, the SWAC men’s and women’s basketball championships are set to incorporate on-campus sites. Set to take place from March 7 and March 10-11, the tournaments will see the higher seeds host during the opening rounds, with the semifinals and finals to be held at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The SWAC Bowling Tournament will wrap up the early portion of the 2017 championship schedule, as the Bowling International Training and Research Center (IRTC) in Arlington, Texas will host the proceedings from March 24-26.

Men’s and women’s tennis will jump start the spring championships as the Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans will showcase the conference from April 14-16. Immediately after that, men’s and women’s golf descends upon Oak Wing Golf Club/Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, Louisiana for tournament action from April 17-19.

Outdoor track and field will follow soccer’s lead as Prairie View A&M University welcomes SWAC athletes for competition from May 5-7. Rounding out the sports calendar for the season will be action on the diamond, with the 2017 SWAC Softball Tournament heading to the Barbara L. Williams Softball Complex of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. from May 10-13, and the SWAC Baseball Tournament returning to New Orleans’ Wesley Barrow Stadium from May 17-21.

Continue to check for the most up-to-date news and notes in regards to conference sports and championships.


Football Kickoff Media Day
Fri., July 15, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama
(Birmingham Marriott)
MEAC/SWAC Challenge
Sun., September 4, 2016
Daytona Beach, Florida
(Municipal Stadium)
M/W Cross Country Championships
Fri., October 21, 2016
Clinton, Mississippi
Choctaw Running Trails
Women’s Soccer Tournament
Thurs.-Sun., November 3-6, 2016
Prairie View, Texas
(Prairie View A&M University)
Women’s Volleyball Tournament
Fri.,-Sun., November 18-20, 2016
Jackson, Mississippi
(Jackson State University)
Toyota SWAC Football Championship
Sat., December 3, 2016
Houston, Texas
NRG Stadium
Celebration Bowl Game
Sat., December 17, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Dome
Women’s Bowling West Round Up
Fri.-Sun., January 20-22, 2017
Houston, Texas
(Emerald Bowl)
M/W Indoor Track & Field Championships
Thurs.-Fri., February 16-17, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham CrossPlex
Women’s Bowling East Round Up
Fri.-Sun., February 17-19, 2017
D'Iberville, Mississippi
(Cypress Lanes)
M/W Tennis Round Up I
Fri.-Sat., February 24-26, 2017
Jackson, Mississippi
(Jackson State University)
M/W Basketball Tournament
Tues., Fri.-Sat.., March 7, 10-11, 2017
Houston, Texas
Toyota Center
M/W Tennis Round Up II
Fri.-Sat., March 17-19, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama
(Alabama State University)
Women’s Bowling Championship
Fri.-Sun., March 24-26, 2017
Arlington, Texas
Bowling ITRC
M/W Tennis Tournament
Fri.,- Sun., April 14-16, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pepsi Tennis Center
M/W Golf Championships
Mon.-Wed., April 17-19, 2017
Alexandria, Louisiana
Links on the Bayou (W) Oak Wing Golf Course (M)
M/W Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Fri.-Sun., May 5-7, 2017
Prairie View, Texas
(Prairie View A&M University)
Softball Tournament
Wed.-Sat., May 10-13, 2017
Montgomery, Alabama
(Alabama State University)
Baseball Tournament
Wed.-Sun., May 17-21, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana MLB Urban Youth Academy Wesley Barrow Stadium


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