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Report: Nashville to become primary host of SEC tournament

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

The SEC tournament hasn't had a consistent venue since it was played in Louisville Gardens for 12 straight years back in the 1940s and '50s. Over the past several years, it has been held in Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta and Florida.

That is all going to change on Tuesday, according to a report in The Tennessean.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive is set to announce that Nashville will be the primary host for the men's basketball tournament. The paper says that Bridgestone Arena in Nashville will host the men's tournament nine times from 2015 to 2026, while also hosting the women's basketball on three occasions.

The women's tournament will be hosted in Nashville in 2018, 2022 and 2026 -- when the men's tournament is held elsewhere.

“I think the tournament will do nothing but grow and get better and better by virtue of being here,” Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings told the paper. “Being centrally located is certainly an advantage for the league. But also the venue that we have is outstanding, and, of course, everybody knows that we have the nicest city in the entire league, so I don't blame everyone for wanting to come here as often as they can."

The 2014 men's tournament is being held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

 
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