Pac-12 adds postseason baseball tournament for 2022 season
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 today announced the creation of a Conference Championship Baseball event in partnership with the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission. The first Pac-12 baseball tournament is scheduled for May 25-29, 2022 at Scottsdale Stadium.
“The Pac-12 Baseball Tournament is a premier event that will serve to enhance the visibility of Conference baseball programs with competitive end-of-season matches ahead of NCAA Tournament Selections,” Commissioner Pac-12 George kliavkoff noted. “It will also provide student-athletes with a first-class experience and the opportunity to compete for a championship in a premier sporting destination on the West Coast. Much work has gone into creating this tournament and we are grateful for the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission partnering to make it a reality. “
“Scottsdale Stadium is the perfect venue for the Pac-12 baseball tournament,” said Scottsdale City Mayor David Ortega. “Our city has a long history with Major League Baseball, including an almost 40-year relationship with the San Francisco Giants, and we’re excited to be able to add Pac-12 baseball to the mix. We can’t wait to hear from you. the roar of fans at the stadium as the Conference crowns its champion in Scottsdale. ”
“Scottsdale couldn’t be happier to welcome Pac-12 baseball fans to our community,” said Deputy City Manager Bill Murphy. “The beautiful Scottsdale Stadium tucked away in our vibrant Old Town neighborhood will be the perfect showcase for the nation’s top college baseball teams and a wonderful destination for their fans. Let’s play ball!”
“Experience Scottsdale is delighted that the Pac-12 has chosen Scottsdale as the site of its first baseball championship,” said Rachel Sacco, President and CEO of Experience Scottsdale. “Ever since baseball first became a fixture in Scottsdale in the 1950s, there has always been excitement in the air when baseball players, coaches and fans come to our town. We are grateful for this partnership. between Experience Scottsdale, the Pac-12, the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission and the City of Scottsdale. Our entire hotel community looks forward to welcoming top-notch teams to Scottsdale Stadium for the next several years. “
The double elimination tournament will take place over five days at the home of Spring Training of the San Francisco Giants. The top eight teams in the Conference standings at the end of the regular season will earn spots in the Pac-12 baseball tournament, from which the champion will receive the Conference Auto Bid for the NCAA tournament. The original Pac-12 agreement with the city of Scottsdale runs until 2024.
The Pac-12 programs combined to win 29 of 74 NCAA baseball championships of all time, 15 more than the next closest conference. The league also has nine Golden Spikes Award winners, tied for most of all time, and outshines its peers with eight No.1 picks in the MLB Draft, including in four of the last 11 draft and two of the last three.
The Pac-12 comes out of a season in which six teams won NCAA tournament bids, tied for the second-highest total in league history, including three regional hosts for the sixth time since the start of the national rankings in 1999. The Conference has had a representative in all but seven NCAA College World Series fields since the championship started in 1947 and in 39 of those championships a Pac-12 team finished first or second.
Additional details on the 2022 Pac-12 baseball tournament will be announced at a later date.