May 30th, 2013 01:45 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, SEC
Get ready to check out the Gateway Arch, SEC fans. Multiple sources say the 2017 SEC basketball tournament will soon be awarded to St. Louis. The event will be housed in the Scottrade Center, home to the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.
Interestingly, a Missouri-based tournament would be the first the league has placed outside the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee.
The addition of the University of Missouri to the SEC roster made an impact on the league’s decision, according to St. Louis Sports Commission head Frank Viverito:
“I think Missouri’s presence in the league has certainly made a different in the conference’s interest in St. Louis, yes, and we have expressed interest in other conference events as well.”
The city has inquired about SEC gymnastics and baseball events.
Meanwhile, officials in Tampa say they have bid on the 2017 and 2018 tournaments and that they “felt good” about their conversations with SEC officials.
If you’re keeping track at home, Atlanta will host this year’s tournament before it moves back to Nashville in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 tourney is expected to go to St. Louis. The 2018 tourney is up for bid (with Tampa officials feeling good about their chances), and in 2019 the league will be back in Nashville.
That 2019 tourney could mark the beginning of Nashville’s role as the “primary” host to the tournament… if things turn out as most project.
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