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.