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SEC considering one ‘primary’ location for conference tournament

The athletic directors of the Southeastern Conference voted unanimously today to explore the idea of having one primary location for the conference basketball tournament, rather than bouncing around various cities.

The early favorite is Bridgestone Arena in Nashville because it’s much easier to fill than the Georgia Dome — and the BBQ nachos are delicious. Nashville is already scheduled to host the tourney in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

‘Primary’ site doesn’t necessarily mean ‘exclusive’ site, commissioner Mike Slive said.

What do you think, BBN? I think I know the answer.

(And I added the part about the BBQ nachos.)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

46 Comments for SEC considering one ‘primary’ location for conference tournament

  1. Sandy
    10:37 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I think the tournament should be in Denver.

  2. UK6MAN
    10:41 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville is close and I love Nachos and BBQ, so lets get down there and get our eat on.

  3. Kentucky Fair Board
    10:46 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Freedom Hall!

  4. dustyblues77
    10:46 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    You would think the SEC has a better chance to earn more mullah if the tourney is in Atlanta. But for them to consider Nashville and the low attendance sometimes I guess they are not making a lot of money in Catlanta. However, I want to keep it in Atlanta regardless if it is a longer drive for those UK fans that live in Kentucky.

  5. Ewwwwwww
    10:48 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Been to the last 10 secs. Nashville ranks last. God Nashville is a worthless city

  6. Josh
    10:56 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    5 – Get the stick out of your butt. Nashville is by far the best place for the SEC tournament from the perspective of the average UK fan. There are about 562 bars within a few blocks of Bridgestone, it’s the best opportunity to get to hang with one congregated BBN on Bradway (Catlanta for example doesn’t have one central social meet up place) and it’s an easy drive relatively speaking.

  7. Catlanta
    10:59 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Keep it in the ATL!

  8. CatsFan12
    11:00 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Nawlins was a wild time. You can’t beat BBN on Bourbon Street! I’ve never been to the tournament in Nashville, but sure it would be fun as would anywhere you can get together with fellow UK fans!

  9. Nashville Cat
    11:01 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Well this just made my night!!!!!

  10. SteelDirigible
    11:23 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    nashville only alots 30 student tickets…. it’s TOO small. impossible to get student tickets for.

  11. eh rly?
    11:27 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    6. Heard of Stats?
    Probably not because you haven’t been. Stats is thee best bar at any location you’ll go for big blue.
    All other locations destroy Nashville and their crappy country bars and wanna be bbq.
    Nawlins is tough to beat, and I love ATL… I’d much rather make the drive and hang out with the die hards than the “im a fan now because i want to come get drunk at bars in nashville” type.

  12. JiffyLubeGuy
    11:34 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wanna add some more horsepower to your ride guys? If you drive a turbo, all you need is a bit of computer programming to add some power. Whether you’re driving a twin-turbo Bentley or a simple 1.8-liter VW diesel, a few minutes of “chip tuning” by your mechanic can add 20 percent more power.

  13. Size Matters
    11:44 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Not a good idea. We need larger arenas, not smaller ones.

  14. Catlanta
    11:55 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    No doubt about it, go to atlanta, scalpers kill kentucky fans in Nashville. Atlanta has better transportation (Marta), go place for fans (CNN center), and a big enough arena for the big blue. Also, the most centrally located.

  15. Big Blue Fan
    12:09 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    New Orleans and Nashville

  16. Music City Center
    12:27 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, guys. I’m new to Nashville, but I think my presence might have something to do with this.

  17. Music City Center
    12:28 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Plus, Nashville is a great town.

  18. Sean
    12:36 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Atlanta because when the cats are good it is impossible to get tix in Nashville. The year with John wall tix for one game were going for $500 when a book was only $300 and tix the last couple of years in Nashville were not available to the general public and not all season ticket holders could get them either. Scalpers made a ton of money.

  19. Hank Aaron
    12:42 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Atlanta is clearly the best choice. The arena in Nashville it too small. You have to have a car to get around and the hotels are ridiculously expensive unless you stay in Murfreesboro. In ATL, you have much better hotel rates and you can take Marta to and from the games. There is really no comparison.

  20. jake
    12:52 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I love nashville but I would rather it rotate between nashville Nola and the atl better myself

  21. SeaCat
    12:54 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Wider seats are all that matters!
    We need big seats for our big blue asses!
    Anywhere butt Rupp arena!!!!

  22. williamtitan
    1:10 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    hey now people dont disrespect my hometown Nashville. the prettiest and most convenient compared to atlanta and what yall say “Nawlins”. i mean, if you want to get shot or mugged easily while downtown, go to those places. the sec makes enough at bridgestone anyway. why? because of us. i dont know if yall heard but nashville is becoming the fastest growing capitals in the country. like it or not. if you dont then you can watch it in your living rooms back home and listen to your crappy hip hop crap.

  23. williamtitan
    1:12 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    #11 im talking mainly to u.

  24. Pabloco
    1:19 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville or NOLA. Easy. You cannot beat watching all those Cats fans (with or without tickets) roam Bourbon or Broadway, all decked out in Blue. Hearing “C-A-T-S CATS, CATS, CATS” come out of random bars during a bar hop is pretty cool too. I’ve been to tourneys in ATL, NOLA and Nashville and Atlanta can’t compare in overall fan experience.

  25. TournamentGoer
    6:28 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I vote for Atlanta. Nashville arena is way too small to accommodate all the UK fans that want to attend. The hotels in Nashville suck! Atlanta has the Marta so finding a nice hotel is easy, and all the UK fans that want to attend can get tickets easily. Stay in Catlanta!

  26. BigBlue
    7:09 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    It gets a little boring going to Nashville every year. Why not rotate between Atlanta, NOLA, Tampa, Nashville?

  27. Nashwho???
    8:32 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville is too small. Keep it in catlanta or New Orleans. The people who want it in Nashville obviously haven’t been to a tourney in Atlanta. The atmosphere blows it out of the water. 20k uk fans versus 6k of every other team combined. It’s awesome in catlanta. And I’m tired of trying to appease the fans who live in Kentucky. Just because Nashville is closer is not a good reason to change venues for good.

  28. Pamola
    8:45 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville is too small, it’s a ticket nightmare!!!!!

  29. JustSayin
    8:55 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    A big no to Nashville. Too few seats. The scalpers will love it since they’ll be able to jack up prices even more. Also, why can’t the SEC work with area hotels to help prevent them from tripling their prices during the tourney days?

  30. bbr
    9:00 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Having it in one designated city is a bad business idea. You immediately create a monopoly for that city and hurt competition for your business.

  31. BPM
    9:14 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville is the best location by far in terms of convenience, great city, and great place to watch basketball. New Orleans is even better but much more difficult to get to. I have had some great experiences over the years in Atlanta but the Georgia Dome sucks and the Atlanta traffic is a nightmare. Tampa/St Pete was the worst but that was probably just because we were terrible that year. I could see that being a good spot in the future though.

  32. cjcat
    9:52 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    It sucks; Shive must own a couple of Scalpers. They and Bridgestone Arena rip the fan off! Put it where UK Fans can see it at a reason cost or increase their share of allotted tickets.

  33. TJ
    10:46 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I would think with the conference expansion that having a smaller arena would be a negative. I have attended the tournament in Nashville and did not enjoy it nearly as much as Atlanta – which is why I opted not to go this past year; way too small. I’m all for Catlanta!

  34. slcat
    10:59 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I like different sites every year. The problem with Nashville are ticket prices are too expensive. Unless you are a booster, you can’t get good seats unless you want to pay triple of face value. I say Georgia Dome, Super Dome, and the new arena for the Orlando Magic. This way the average fan can go watch the Cats at a reasonable price and not get crushed with high scalper prices.

  35. Peterman
    11:16 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Atlanta is okay, St Pete/Tampa Bay is better, but there is absolutely no better place to have the tournament than in New Orleans….it’s not even close. Also, many members of the BBN, like myself, make the SEC tourney one of our vacations every year. Why should we have to go to Nashville every year? By March most people are ready to give up the hoodies and coats anyway.

  36. bossman
    11:18 am May 29, 2013 Permalink

    how about FedEx arena in Memphis?

  37. Deacon
    12:04 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s think out of the box. Would love to have the SEC tournament in the YUM.CENTER!!!

  38. duh
    12:28 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Needs to be in a dome!! Regions and final four are in domes …sec should be in dome too. Helps teams get accustomed to them.
    besides easier to get tickets……….Nashville great city terrible place to get tickets!

  39. GoForIT
    1:18 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I have said this for years! I hope it happens, and hope that place is ATL.

  40. Ville
    1:33 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    The new Music City Center in Nashville has the SEC excited. The SEC has agreed to accelerate its rotation to Nashville because of the new Music City center. At over 2 million square feet, it is roughly three times the size of the existing Nashville Convention Center.

    Along with an exhibition hall to hold four 747-airplanes, a Grand Ballroom that looks like the inside of a guitar, and huge, light filled hallways, those inside the convention center experience world-class music, free food, and even a zip line for young and old.

    This primary location will obviously be Nashville. (As it should be)

  41. Jughead
    1:38 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nashville. Tons of brand-new hotel rooms, walk to everything, new convention center, and cool nudie bars.

  42. Erly Cuyler
    2:01 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink


  43. Tampa Satchel
    2:57 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Like Nashville, but the suites are about 40% more expensive than Atl and even NOLA. Our group didn’t go this year for that reason. First time in 10 years, though the $hitty team was a major factor too.

    I’d be fine with a rotation of ATL, NOLA and Nashville, though we might just skip the Nashville leg and take a group vacation and watch it from a beach somewhere here in FL.

  44. wildcat813
    3:36 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    I lived in Nashville for years. I can do without it being there most of the time. NOLA was an absolute blast-we rented a house in the Garden District and used the trolley to get us around cheaply. Bourbon Street. Enough said.
    If you don’t live there, downtown lodging in Nashville is $$$$$-not as many rooms as ATL or NOLA, renting a house isn’t really an option and if you are not in that vicinity cabs can be pricey–example–a cab from Brentwood/Franklin will cost you a solid 35-40. Sure, Nashville is fine every three years or so but keep NOLA and ATL in a constant rotation.

  45. Londoncat
    5:21 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Nawlins by a furlong!! Nashvegas, like My Lute, a distant second. ATL rounds out the trifecta.

  46. Cats, Cats, Cats
    11:12 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Atlanta for the primary site, with New Orleans in the rotation. Tickets are too hard to get for Nashville.