SEC Tourney attendance record at Bridgestone confirmed

first_imgThe Georgia dance team performs during a break in the action.The Nashville Sports Council confirmed Monday that the 20,315 fans who attended the SEC Tournament men’s basketball championship game, in which Kentucky defeated Arkansas on March 15, was the largest to crowd attend an event at Bridgestone Area.The Council also confirmed attendance for the overall tournament was 192,727, which is the second-largest total in the event’s history in Nashville.“Putting on an event like the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament takes an entire city and we’re thrilled to be a part of the team that includes our great partners at the Nashville Sports Council and the Nashville Mayor’s Office,” said Bridgestone Arena President Sean Henry. “The attendance record set during the championship game … in addition to the success and popularity of the entire weekend, continues to both cement Bridgestone Arena as a world-class venue and showcase that there is no better place in the country to host an event than the city of Nashville.”Kentucky beats Arkansas for SEC titleThe SEC Men’s Tournament will return to Bridgestone Arena eight more times in the next decade (2016-2017, 2019-2021 and 2023-2025).“The 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament was a success by every measure,” said SEC Associate Commissioner Mark Whitworth. “We are off to a great start in our long-term partnership with Nashville and look forward to working with the key stakeholders to make this the best event possible for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”Bridgestone will also host the SEC Women’s Tournament in 2018, 2022 and 2026.Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.last_img