March 15th, 2013 10:01 AM║ Posted By: MrSEC.com ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: AL, Gateway City, Scottrade Center, SEC
According to AL.com’s Jon Solomon, conference athletics directors have authorized the league office to negotiate with three cities. SEC Assistant Commissioner Craig Mattox declined to identify the targets but had nice things to say about the Gateway City.
“St. Louis is a great city and would be a great city for our tournament. They’ve got a great venue that’s easy to work. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t do well in St. Louis.”
That venue is the Scottrade Center which has hosted the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the past 23 years and seats around 20,000. SEC officials made a site visit last week during the MVC Tournament. St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito will be in Nashville this week.
“We are eagerly awaiting a decision from the SEC. We are optimistic and really would love to have the event. I think the region would really embrace it. It’s at the very top of our list of events that we’d like to add.”
The SEC Tournament goes to Atlanta next year before returning to Nashville for 2015 and 2016. The 2017 and 2018 sites could be finalized by the end of April.
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