According to a source of the Associated Press, Nashville, Tennessee is expected to be named the primary site of the SEC basketball tournament tomorrow, during what an SEC press release called a “historic announcement”.
The announcement, which will include SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Bridgestone Arena COO Sean Harry, and Nashville mayor Karl Dean, it is expected to be that the Music City arena will be selected to host of 9 men’s and 3 women’s tournaments over the next 12 years.
Atlanta was already named host of the 2014 tournament, but St. Louis (2017), Tampa (2018), and Atlanta (2020) are expected to round out the 3 years that Nashville isn’t hosting the Men’s tournament through 2026.
During the annual SEC spring meetings, Slive said “We’ve been very successful with our permanent (championship game) site in football in Atlanta. We’ve been very successful in our permanent site in Hoover (Ala.) in terms of baseball, so the athletics directors felt it was time for us to explore the possibility of a primary site for the men’s basketball tournament.”
Nashville hosted the men’s tournament in 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2013 and received rave reviews due to the central location among SEC member schools, hotel accommodations, and city size.