20,315 fans packed the stands to watch Kentucky defeat Arkansas 78-63
Nashville, Tenn. (March 30, 2015) - The Nashville Sports Council announced today that a record-breaking 20,315 fans filled the stands inside Bridgestone Arena to watch the undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats take on the University of Arkansas Razorbacks in the championship game of the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 15. The crowd was the largest-ever for an event at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, the tournament boasted a total attendance of 192,727, the second highest 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 team that includes our great partners at the Nashville Sports Council and the Nashville Mayor’s Office,” Bridgestone Arena President Sean Henry said. “The attendance record set during the Championship Game between Kentucky and Arkansas, 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.”
"The 2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament was a success by every measure. 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," said Southeastern Conference Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball Mark Whitworth.
The Nashville Sports Council will host the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena for eleven consecutive years as part of a twelve year run awarded in 2013. The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held in Nashville eight more times (2016-2017, 2019-2021, and 2023-2025), while the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be hosted three times in that period (2018, 2022, and 2026).
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