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Nashville Health Department approves 20% capacity at SEC Tournament

Kentucky needs to win the SEC Tournament to make the Big Dance. Having the Big Blue Nation in the stands will help.

With COVID-19 numbers falling here in Nashville, the Metro Public Health Department approved the SEC’s plan for limited attendance at the tournament today. Twenty percent of the seating capacity at Bridgestone Arena, or 3,400 fans, will be allowed to attend the event, which begins Wednesday, March 10. That’s consistent with attendance at Nashville Predators games in March.

“Bridgestone Arena submitted a plan with COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect both the fans and the teams competing for the SEC crown,” said Dr. Gill Wright, Interim Chief Medical Officer for the Metro Public Health Department. “Metro Public Health officials will assist Bridgestone Arena personnel in supporting and enforcing the plan.”

So, how about tickets? Here’s a statement from the SEC:

“Due to the current circumstances related to COVID-19 requiring reduced capacity for sporting events, the SEC will not be able to make 2021 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets available for public purchase. Consistent with attendance limitations, the teams competing in the 2021 Men’s Basketball Tournament will be provided a very limited number of tickets for sale to their fan base.”

Hmm. Hopefully we’ll get some more details soon. I know UK’s allotment will go quickly, so if I were you I’d get ready to call the other schools — may I suggest South Carolina or Texas A&M? — and put on your sweetest “Of course I’m not a Kentucky fan” voice.

If you do make it in, face coverings (masks, not gaiters or bandanas) are required. Also, beginning March 1, Nashville bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until 1 a.m. with an increased capacity of 125 people per floor.


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7 Comments for Nashville Health Department approves 20apacity at SEC Tournament

  1. lexslamman
    2:32 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

    If we can behave ourselves and be careful- really careful- for 2-4 more months, we’ll reach herd immunity without causing a bunch of more deaths.

  2. CahillsCrossingNT
    2:40 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

    They shouldn’t even have the tournament. We’ve proven that we can’t be trusted to act responsibly. The people in Tampa proved that by not wearing masks.

    • sprtphan
      2:50 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

      Shut up.

    • Glam Girl
      4:38 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

      I believe all people have the right to be free to choose what they feel is right for themselves. If you want to stay home and be safe, that too should be your right.

  3. Eddiemcwildcat
    3:24 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

    We’ve already reached a herd of sheep a long time ago.

  4. BlueGrassBrass
    4:17 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

    Statistic show since 2010 that at least 400k more per year people have died over the previous decades average. So, Corona viruses have been spreading since 2010.. we just have never tested for them.. That is a fact jack.

  5. runningunnin.454
    4:59 pm February 25, 2021 Permalink

    Let’s paint it BLUE. GO CATS.