Courtesy: Southern Conference

Release 09/15/2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced Thursday a sponsorship agreement with Holston Gases, which will serve as the title sponsor for the league’s 2017 baseball tournament. The Holston Gases Southern Conference Baseball Championship will be played May 23-28 at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina.

The deal continues an affiliation between the SoCon and Holston Gases, which was a sponsor for the SoCon Basketball Championships presented by General Shale last season. The baseball sponsorship pact runs through the 2016-17 academic year with an option for additional years.

“We’re very happy to welcome Holston Gases as the title sponsor of our baseball championship in Greenville next May,” SoCon Commissioner John Iamarino said. “We’ve gotten to know their personnel over the past year with their involvement in our basketball tournament, and they’re good people representing a sound company with a long history of service. We think it’s a good fit.”

Holston Gases supplies industrial, medical, propane and beverage gases. Founded in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1958, the company now boasts 30 locations in seven states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

“We are looking forward to our expanded sponsorship of the Southern Conference and its championship events,” Holston Gases branch manager Randy McKinney said. “We have been supporting the SoCon basketball tournament in Asheville since its return in 2012. The 2017 Holston Gases SoCon Baseball Championship in Greenville, South Carolina, will give us the opportunity to expand our presence in the Upstate, one of our key growth markets.”


Holston Gases is one of the largest independent suppliers of industrial, medical, propane, and beverage gases in the United States. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tn., Holston has grown to 30 locations in 7 states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and serving customers in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana.

We carry all welding and industrial gases, medical, specialty and laboratory gases, beverage CO2, and propane gas. We are equipped to handle compressed cylinders, bulk facilities, and liquid requirements.

We are a full line welding supply company, and we also carry safety and industrial supplies. We represent the finest lines in the industry, and we can provide them to you at competitive prices. We are financially strong and carry the inventory you expect and deserve from a top notch supplier.


The Southern Conference, which is in its 96th season of intercollegiate competition in 2016-17, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models. The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921), to tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922), to developing women’s championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the 3-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association. The conference currently consists of 10 members in six states throughout the Southeast and sponsors 21 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships.


SoCon Sports Properties (SSP), created in 2013, is the official multimedia rights holder for the Southern Conference. SSP provides the excitement and attraction of college athletics as a unique advertising and marketing opportunity to communicate your company’s message while influencing your business. SoCon Sports Properties (SSP) offers corporate customers a multitude of marketing and multimedia sponsorship opportunities that include television, venue signage at all of our Championship events, event impact and gameday marketing, as well as corporate marketing, promotions, hospitality, print and brand exposure on SSP can build a customized marketing package for your business or corporation that capitalizes on our loyal fans throughout each season, during Championship events, as well as throughout the entire Southern Conference member institutions’ footprint.

Please contact SoCon Sports Properties for more information on collaborating with the Southern Conference and its multiple media and marketing platforms and Championship events.

Contact Information: Rick Thompson, SoCon Sports Properties
702 North Pine Street Spartanburg, SC 29303

[email protected]