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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Jacksonville to host '16 SEC tourney

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference will play its 2016 women's basketball tournament in Jacksonville.

It will be the first time the Sunshine State has hosted the event.

The league previously awarded the tournament to North Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2015 and Nashville, Tennessee, in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

"We look forward to showcasing our women's basketball programs in the Sunshine State for the first time," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. "Our student-athletes, coaches and current fans will greatly enjoy their visit and the exciting games will forge new fans of SEC women's basketball in the process."

The 2016 tournament will be played at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a 15,000-seat, multipurpose venue.

Jacksonville also will host a women's basketball tournament involving two SEC teams in November 2015. Details will be released at a later date.