As SEC Media Days continue to pick up steam and gain popularity, the calls to leave Hoover, Alabama for greener pastures are only natural. The event has been held in the Birmingham area since 1985, which serves as a center-point of sorts for the southeastern region. The event has been held in Hoover at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham since 2001.
However, as the event has hit the national stage since the formation of the SEC Network, SEC Media Days could be looking for a new home. Ross Dellenger of The Advocate spoke to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey about the possibility this week.
“We’ve got a great tradition here in Hoover. As our footprint has expanded, it’s appropriate to look at options,” he said. “I said back in April that’s on my mind. I don’t have a prediction of when or where, but I think at some point mobility can be a healthy thing for this particular endeavor.”
Sankey mentioned Dallas, Nashville and Atlanta as possibilities. Hoover hasn’t been eliminated from contention for 2018, but it seems like a change is imminent. To be honest, it’s almost shocking that this event has lasted as long as it has in Hoover.
Nashville and Atlanta seem like obvious destinations to me, being that they’ve been alternating venues for the SEC men’s basketball tournament. Dallas would be an interesting move away from traditional SEC country — it would absolutely “expand our footprint,” as Sankey put it.
As a Tennessee (and Nashville) native, I’m obviously pulling for Nashville. If you haven’t been here lately, it’s one of the hottest cities in the country. The growth has been overwhelming over the past five years. Adding an event like SEC Media Days to Nashville’s lineup would be popular with just about everyone involved.