BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday it is adjusting the site of the 2021 SEC Gymnastics Championship from New Orleans to Huntsville due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
The 2021 SEC Gymnastics Championship will be held March 20 at the Von Braun Center<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.vonbrauncenter.com_&d=DwIFAg&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=o5LKAX7slotfFMyE71jI7L22NYBIi1-KbRGNSXudTPo&m=E_wapt8oLPS-ukaVCF758ixwx1wMV8Z5RrUellz0jPY&s=7Fg9d3dd7Dc8eqMPkAXRmJC-TT9_t2YmxUsPVf9-w-U&e= > in Huntsville, Ala. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was last held in New Orleans in 2019 before a record crowd of 10,505.
“We enjoyed an electric environment with an SEC-record crowd in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center when it hosted this event in 2019 and we look forward to returning there when we can provide our student-athletes a similar experience in the future,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “A geographically central location is appropriate in the current COVID-19 environment. We appreciate the support from the Huntsville community and the Von Braun Center to provide an excellent venue for this year’s Championship.”
Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland says the Gators are excited for the return of the SEC Championship meet.
“We are looking forward to returning to the SEC Championships,” Rowland said. “It is a highlight event for our team every season as the meet combines camaraderie with competitiveness. Everyone wants to be the best representatives for their team and that certainly shows on the competition floor.”
Huntsville is hosting the SEC Championship for the first time. For 20 years beginning with the inaugural event in 1981, SEC campuses hosted the Conference championship until it moved to a neutral site in 2001. It has since been held in seven different locations.
“We are honored to step up and host the SEC Gymnastics Championship in Huntsville,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “We promise participants will find a high-caliber venue and a welcoming community, and we look forward to seeing this outstanding competition in the Rocket City.”