Under the terms of the deal, the tournament will be played in Pensacola through 2024, with an option to extend the agreement through 2026.
“We are thankful to the city of Pensacola and Pensacola Sports for providing a tremendous venue to conduct our SEC Soccer Championship,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Their commitment to this event promises to provide lasting memories for our student-athletes and an outstanding experience for SEC soccer fans from across the region.”
The SEC has earned 75 NCAA Tournament bids over the past 11 years – an average of nearly seven per year – with all 14 member institutions making at least one appearance during that span. Eight different SEC teams have advanced to the Round of 16 since 2013 and the league has placed teams in the NCAA quarterfinals in each of the last eight seasons.
The SEC also lead the nation in regular-season attendance at soccer with 114,057 fans. Five teams in the conference have been ranked in the top 25 in average attendance this season alone: No. 3 Texas A&M (2,329 per game), No. 6 South Carolina (1,556 per game), No. 7 Arkansas (1,537 per game), No. 13 LSU (1,334 per game) and No. 25 Tennessee (912 per game).
The SEC had held it’s Women’s Soccer Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama, for 18 of the previous 19 seasons. Gainesville, Florida, is the only other city in Florida to have hosted the event when it hosted in 1997.