Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Southeastern Conference announced
Tuesday that Bridgestone Arena will host its men's or women's basketball
tournament for 12 consecutive years beginning in 2015.
The agreement with the Nashville Sports Council means that the Music City will
serve as host to the men's tournament every year from 2015 to 2025 with the
exception of 2018 and 2022 and the women's event three times (2018, '22 &
"Nashville has long been a valued partner of the Southeastern Conference and
we are pleased to establish this long-term agreement that will benefit our
men's and women's basketball tournaments," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
"Nashville, as a proven host, provides SEC teams and fans with a wonderful
The league's athletic directors voted during the SEC Springs Meetings in May
to select a primary site at which most SEC men's basketball tournaments
would be played in future years.
"The entire Nashville community is honored to be named as the host city for
the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament and have the opportunity to continue to
host the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament during the next 12 years," said
Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Nashville Sports Council. "We appreciate the
opportunity to work with the SEC and ESPN to create a showcase event for SEC
basketball teams, coaches and fans."
The agreement to play the men's tournament in Nashville in 2015, 2016 and 2019
was previously announced.
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