HOOVER, Ala (WIAT) — The 90-degree heat was not stopping fans from having a good time at the SEC baseball tournament.
SEC fans were finding creative ways to avoid overheating, from wearing cooling clothes to taking advantage of the new splash pad next to the Hoover MET’s RV park.
Almost everyone outside the Hoover MET was huddled near a fan.
“I’m sitting in the shade with the fan blowing on me watching the ball game on TV, which I know is not what I should be doing, but I just can’t handle it,” said Lynn Hewlett, an Ole Miss fan.
Temperatures reached the 90s. That’s why many people were keeping a cooler nearby and a bottle of water, but conveniently enough, the new Hoover splash pad is right next to the RV park.
“We knew the SEC would bring in a lot of people as always, but this is just an additional amenity we can offer here in Hoover,” said Dee Dance, community services officer for the city of Hoover.
Fans said they get creative on how to stay cool. One fan was using a special hat that retains water and stays cool for hours, but it’s also about staying comfortable.
“We always travel with the biggest LSU fan, and then we stay hydrated. We know H2O is important,” said Dan Ducote, a LSU fan.
“We’re all Southerners. We know the deal now, what it is, and everyone has their own way of coping with it but sundown will come,” said Hewlett.
Fans said that’s part of the SEC baseball tournament. It’s usually hot, which is why they come with tents, fans, and a lot of beverages.