The Southwestern Athletic Conference has purchased a 16,000-square-foot corporate office building in downtown Birmingham for its new headquarters. The league of historically black schools plans to move in during the month of April.
The three-story structure is equipped with over 40 offices, two conference rooms, a reception area and more than 30 parking spaces, giving the conference more room for its business meetings, onsite filming and space for the SWAC Digital Network.
“The purchase of the building, without a doubt, exemplifies how far we have come in such a short period of time as a conference,” said SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland. “The conference office plans to utilize a significant amount of the space inside the building to create a SWAC Hall of Fame, along with a state-of-the-art media center that will house advanced technology needed to produce digital content highlighting the academics and athletics efforts of our membership for their respective fan bases.”
The SWAC consists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University in Alabama and eight other schools from Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. Founded in 1920, the SWAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It represents competition in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis. In women’s competition, it offers basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.