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Post More SEC postseason hoops coming to Atlanta

Wednesday June 17, 2009

Atlanta and Nashville were the big winners when the SEC announced upcoming sites for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Through 2014, the 2012 men’s tournament is the only event that won’t take place in the Nashville or Atlanta areas. It’s great news for Georgia fans – Atlanta and Duluth are obviously convenient, and Nashville is a 4-hour drive and an enjoyable place to spend a March weekend. If Mark Fox can build a competitive team, traveling to follow the Dawgs into the first stages of the postseason isn’t going to break the bank.

The Georgia Dome was the (initial) site of the legendary 2008 SEC men’s tournament, and the conference will tempt fate (and weather) by bringing the tournament back in 2011 and 2014.

The news is even better for Lady Dogs fans: the women’s SEC Tournament will return to Duluth’s Arena at Gwinnett Center for 2010, 2013, and 2014. Though the SEC is typically the strongest women’s basketball conference, Atlanta is the only SEC-area city with a WNBA franchise. The SEC has to hope that an increased awareness of women’s basketball in Atlanta (not to mention the short drive from Tennessee) will help to fill the seats.

Men’s Tournament future venues:

  • 2010: Nashville, Tn.
  • 2011: Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2012: New Orleans, La.
  • 2013: Nashville, Tn.
  • 2014: Atlanta, Ga.

Women’s Tournament future venues:

  • 2010: Duluth, Ga.
  • 2011: Nashville, Tn.
  • 2012: Nashville, Tn.
  • 2013: Duluth, Ga.
  • 2014: Duluth, Ga.

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