CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – At the close of its 2014 Spring Meetings, the Southern Conference announced that Chattanooga’s Frost Stadium is set to host the 2015 SoCon Softball Championship. The tournament returns to Chattanooga for the first time since 2010, and is scheduled to run from May 6-9.
“I am happy to have the tournament back in Chattanooga,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “I think we have the best facilities in the conference and believe we run a great event. I hope coming to Chattanooga is something all of the teams in the SoCon can look forward to, and it’s great that we have the chance to play for a title in front of our fans.”
Frost Stadium has played host to the Southern Conference Championship nine times since 1998. The Mocs have claimed the tournament title six times (98, 01, 02, 03, 04, 09) while the SoCon has been at Frost.
Named for long-time UTC Athletics supporter Jim Frost, the “Field of 1,000 Dreams” holds 3,000 seats and was constructed in 1998. Frost Stadium features 800 chairback seats, outfield bleachers and two luxury boxes.
Its largest attendance occurred April 20, 1998 when Chattanooga hosted Southeastern Conference foe Tennessee as a standing-room-only crowd of 3, 521 packed the stands. Fans rushed through the gates again April 5, 2000 as the Mocs hosted Team USA for a tune-up before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Student-athletes have bullpens and batting cages available for their use behind each dugout. Climate-controlled locker rooms are connected to the dugouts, and the Mocs Indoor Hitting Facility serves as an alternative practice venue in the event of inclement weather. The Indoor features multiple batting cages along with a full-size infield.
“It’s always special to host the tournament,” Reed said. “It’s a great chance for our fans to watch Southern Conference softball, it serves as an economic boost for our community and it gives us a chance to put our beautiful city on display.”
The tournament returns to Greensboro, N.C. in 2016. UNCG has hosted the tournament for the past two years. Before 2013, Greensboro hosted for the first time in 2000. The Mocs claimed their 12th SoCon Tournament title in 2014 in Greensboro.