IRVING, Texas – Tickets for the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship in Pearl, Miss. are on sale now. The eight-team tournament will be held Wed., May 25-Sat., May 28 at Trustmark Park, the home of the Mississippi Braves, class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in suburban Jackson, Miss. This will be the first time in the 16-year history of the C-USA Baseball
Championship that the event will be held at a neutral site.
Tournament ticket packages include seats for all 13 games and are available in four different price ranges. Club seating is $120, dugout level seating is $100, field level seating is $80 and general admission seats are just $60. Tickets can be ordered online via ConferenceUSA.com (http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/012611aad.html), MississippiBraves.com (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/tickets/page.jsp?ymd=20110127&content_id=16519422&vkey=tickets_t430&fext=.jsp&sid=t430) or Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com/2011-Cusa-Tourney-tickets/artist/1541477).
Trustmark Park, which opened April 18, 2005, has capacity for nearly 7,500 fans. There are 5,500 chair-back seats in the reserved seating areas. The grass berm beyond the outfield walls has room for an additional 2,000 general admission customers.
The Farm Bureau Grill, beyond the right-field wall, is a full-service restaurant and there are nine baseball-themed concession stands that offer a wide variety of ballpark treats. Twenty-two luxury suites that seat between 16 and 20 fans are equipped with hardwood floors, a bar, flat screen TVs, refrigerator and sliding doors that open up to two rows of seats. The ballpark also includes a picnic pavilion in left field, 150 closed-circuit monitors positioned around the park televising the game and two merchandise shops.
The 2011 Conference USA Championship will feature the top eight teams in regular-season league play. Those six will be split into two four-team pools (or pods), with the winner of each pod playing in a single championship game. Teams will be assigned pods based on seed, which will be determined by the order of finish in regular-season conference play.
Each team will be guaranteed to play three games. Teams in each pod will play two teams in its pod and one team outside its pod. The team with the best composite record in each pod will advance to the championship game. Two-way ties in a pod will be broken by head-to-head play. In case of a three-way tie, the highest seed will advance.
Game times are 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the championship game slated for 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The championship game will be nationally-televised by CBS College Sports.