SEC Basketball Tourney Sites Set
The Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. will host the 2011 and 2012 women's tournament and the 2013 men's tournament. The 2010, 2013 and 2014 women's tournament will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. while the Georgia Dome in Atlanta will host the 2014 men's tournament.
New Alabama Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Grant will have his Crimson Tide team in Nashville for his first SEC Tournament as a head coach.
"The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to cities that have shown tremendous support of the SEC," Slive said. "Nashville, Atlanta and Duluth all have great facilities and enthusiastic communities that are perfect to showcase our basketball programs. We know that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will greatly enjoy return visits to all three areas."
The SEC Men's Basketball Tournament was previously announced for Nashville in 2010, Atlanta in 2011 and New Orleans, La. in 2012.
Since the first SEC Men's Basketball Tournament in 1933, the event has been held in 11 different cities; Atlanta, Ga. (1933-34; 1987, 1995, 1998-2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008); Baton Rouge, La. (1938, 1988); Birmingham, Ala. (1979-1981; 1983, 1985, 1992); Knoxville, Tenn. (1936-37; 1939-40, 1989); Lexington, Ky. (1982, 1986, 1993); Louisville, Ky. (1941-1952); Memphis, Tenn. (1994, 1997); Nashville, Tenn. (1984, 1991, 2001, 2006); New Orleans, La. (1996, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1990); and Tampa, Fla. (2009).
In the women's tournament's short history, 13 cities have hosted; Albany, Ga. (1987-1992); Athens, Ga. (1984, 1986); Baton Rouge, La. (1981); Chattanooga, Tenn. (1993-1997, 1999-2000); Columbus, Ga. (1998); Duluth, Ga. (2007); Greenville, S.C. (2005); Knoxville, Tenn. (1980, 1983); Lexington, Ky. (1982); Oxford, Miss. (1985); Memphis, Tenn. (2001); Nashville, Tenn. (2002, 2004, 2008); and North Little Rock, Ark. (2003, 2006, 2009).
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