SEC Tournament to stay in Nashville at least through 2030, likely 2035

The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will stay in Nashville at least through 2030 and likely through 2035, the conference announced Tuesday.

Under the terms of a new extension agreement with the Nashville Sports Council, the SEC Tournament will be played in Nashville through 2030, with the exception of 2022, with an option to extend the agreement through 2035.

“Nashville has proven to be an outstanding home for Southeastern Conference basketball and we are pleased to reconfirm this long-term relationship with Music City as the host for these championship events,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement.

The agreement extends an existing contract that had put the tournament in Nashville through 2025, except for 2022 when it will be in Tampa. (The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be played in Nashville that year.)

“The SEC has experienced success with long-term championship site agreements in Atlanta for football, Hoover for baseball and now Nashville for men’s basketball,” Sankey said. “Similarly, we expect to identify a long-term home for our women’s basketball tournament beyond 2022.”

The 2019 tournament will mark the eighth time the SEC men’s championship has been played at Bridgestone Arena.

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It has been played in Nashville every year since 2013 with two exceptions: in 2014, when it was in Atlanta, and this spring, when it was in St. Louis.

Nashville also was the site of the men’s tournament in 1984 and ’91 when it was played at Memorial Gymnasium on the Vanderbilt campus.

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