NCAA Women's Conference Tournaments - SEC


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Southeastern Conference


SEC (link)

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Women's Basketball Tournament (link)

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 February 28 – March 4

Wed – Sun

 


Bridgestone Arena

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Alabama - Arkansas


Auburn - Florida

 

Georgia - Kentucky

 

LSU - Mississippi

 

Mississippi State


 Missouri

 

South Carolina


Tennessee


Texas A & M


Vanderbilt


Note: Schools above – in team colors – are links to school’s women’s basketball program


Bridgestone Arena

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Bridgestone Center is located in downtown Nashville with a basketball seating capacity of over 19,000.  Previous SEC conference tournaments at the Bridgestone Arena has been among the most attended, so you can count on many more in the future.  An excellent bonus of Bridgestone Arena is that Visit Music City – the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau has an office in the Arena.


The Visit Music City is one of the most if not the most informative of any visitor center in America - a Great place to get more information on whatever you want in Nashville.


Parking

Ample Parking is available around the Center along with options for pre-paid parking which seems to be extremely popular in downtown Nashville. Complete parking information is located at Bridgestone Arena Parking & Directions.


Seating

A great interactive seating map can be found here.  Note:  Don’t freak out (I almost did) – the prices listed are for season tickets for the Nashville Predators NHL team. 


Premium seating may be available which gives you a suite with catering.  For more information on premium seating contact:

premiumseatsales@nashvillepredators.com (615-770-2005).


Food service for premium seating/suites contact:

Premiumseatservice@nashvillepredators.com



Food and Beverage 

Ample concessions stands are available throughout Bridgestone Arena. I wish I could tell you more, but the Bridgestone Arena web site leaves a lot untold.  About the best information I could find is located here.



Bags / Backpacks / Suitcases

Bridgestone Arena’s web site reads that “large” bags (no measurements) and backpacks are prohibited.  



All purses and bags are subject to inspection.


Don’t Gamble – be prepared

Events in today’s world are such that at any time, stadium and/or NCAA officials may without notice, strictly restrict bags allowed in the stadium.  We recommend a stadium or NCAA approved clear plastic bag.  Such bags are generally available at Walmart and Target. Also check Walmart.com, Amazon.com or Target.com.


ATM’s

… and the answer to the most important question … Where are the ATM’s?


Fifth Third ATM’s are located near the CVB Visitor’s Center, in the main food court next to the Predators Pro Shop, and on the 300 Level near sections 304-305.


More Questions?

Have a question?  Chances are it is already answered here - Additional information on policies of Bridgestone Arena.

 


Vividseats


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Game Tickets

Tickets to individual sessions or the entire tournament are available through the Southeastern Conference (via ticketmaster).  Once you have attended an SEC conference tournament (the games, bands, colors, and excitement) – you will want to attend more, so you may want to set up an account with ticketmaster.  It’s free and just makes it easier.    



Fan Friendly Option

SEC’s  ticket reselling / transferring options, along with Southwest Airlines no-fee change policy, makes the entire experience fan friendly.


If you purchase tickets and find that you can not use them, you may offer them for resell through SEC Account Manager.  The option of reselling tickets you can not use, works with Southwest Airlines’ “No fee for change” – here’s how it works.


·         You purchase your tourney tickets through SEC Ticket Office and ticketmaster


·         You purchase your non-refundable tickets from Southwest Airlines


Stuff happens - as so often happens in life - and you find you can not attend.


All is not lost!


Tourney Tickets

You don’t have to lose on your tourney tickets – you can offer them for resale through

SEC Ticket Master / ticketmaster


Airline Tickets

Instead of paying an exorbitant change fee, hold the fort - you are doing business with Southwest Airlines where you pay NO change fee.  You only pay for any difference between the cost of your flight and the price of your new flight.  Yep, you can offer your tickets for resale and change your non-refundable Southwest Airlines tickets and for full credit for future travel on Southwest Airlines!  Folks – can’t beat this deal with a stick. 


Yes, you can follow you team – with flexibility.

Thanks to the SEC, ticketmaster and Southwest Airlines!




Game Times

Nashville is in the Central Time Zone. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas A & M and Vanderbilt are also in the Central Zone.  Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee are in Eastern Time Zone.


Round One

February 28, Wednesday   

Two (2) Games

All times are local Nashville time (Central)

11:00 a.m. Central (12:00 Noon Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game


Round Two

March 1, Thursday

Four (4) Games

All times are local Nashville Time (Central)

12:00 noon Central (1:00 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game

6:00 p.m. Central (7:00 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game


Quarter Finals

March 2, Friday

Four (4) Games

All times are local Nashville Time (Central)

12:00 noon Central (1:00 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game

6:00 p.m. Central (7:00 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game


Semi-Finals

March 3, Saturday

Two (2) Games

All times are local Nashville Time (Central)

4:00 p.m. Central (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game


Championship

March 4, Sunday

One (1) Game

Time is local Nashville Time (Central)

3:30 p.m. Central (4:30 p.m. Eastern)

Second game starts approximately 25 minutes after conclusion of first game



Visitor Information


Visit Music City


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Visit Music City is located directly in the Bridgestone Arena.  There are many things to do in Nashville during tournament sessions and Visit Music City offers you enough options to keep you wanting to return to Nashville ASAP.




Tennessee Visitor Information


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Nashville Weather


Current Nashville Weather


Month by Month Nashville Weather


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Restaurants

Restaurant.com offers discount gift certificates to 72 restaurants in Nashville and within a 50-mile radius.  Most restaurants require a minimum purchase to use certificates and the amount is clearly listed before you make your purchase.  I have used these certificates for years and found them to be an excellent way to save.  Check it out.  Get on their e-mail list so you are aware of specials offered throughout the year.  Whatever your home city, Restaurant.com almost certainly serves your area in addition to Seattle.


Time to dine?  Restaurants.com offers information and listings for 1,421 Nashville area restaurants.  Note – this is NOT the gift certificate company above.  That one is Restaurant.com - this one adds and “S” - restaurants.com.  Great site for dining anywhere - when traveling to Seattle by car and wondering where to dine, along the way. Restaurants.com offers listings for virtually every city in America. 


Do you need or want to make a reservation for your dining?  It’s a snap when you use the services of Open Table.com.  There is no charge.  While staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu we decided to dine at the Bali restaurant that evening. Instead of calling the restaurant on hotel house phone we opted to make reservations online at Open Table – it was soooo easy. Once you try it – you’ll be hooked.  Again – no charge – it’s a free service.


 

Hotels


Nashville Hotels Rates & Reservations

Hotel availability and rates vary depending on dates of stay, type of hotel, amenities, neighborhood, landmarks and a variety of options available. As of today, February 1, 2018, a check of hotels available in Nashville (IN February 27 – OUT March 5 shows 301 hotels available.


Above dates – hotels with FREE breakfast – 183

Above dates – hotels with FREE parking – 212

Above dates with FREE breakfast & parking – 175



Nashville Hotels Rates & Reservations

 


Go by Air

… have more time there


 


Nashville International Airport - BNA

Nashville International Airport - BNA

9 miles to Bridgestone Arena / 25 minutes

 

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North American Airlines

Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Boutique Airlines

Contour Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines

JetBlue

OneJet

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

WestJet

 

Airline Rates and Reservations

(except Delta and Southwest)

 

Delta Air Lines

 

Southwest Airlines

 

 

Car Rental – At Airport

Advantage – Alamo – Avis

Budget – Dollar

Enterprise – (family owned – founder served on USS ENTRPRISE in WORLD WAR II)

Hertz – National

Payless – Thrifty

 

Car Rental Rate & Reservations

 


Ground Transportation

 

Taxi

Taxi’s are metered and available outside baggage claim.  From the airport, the meter starts at $7 and the rate is $2.10 per mile. There is a flat rate of $25 to the downtown area and the Opryland Hotel area, plus an additional passenger charge of $1 when accompanying original passenger and proceeding to same destination.

 

Limos

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Uber & Lyft


Uber Nashville Reservations

Uber fare estimator - Nashville

 

Lyft Nashville Reservations

Lyft Estimates

 

* Personal Note:  I recently saw a passenger picked up for the airport in what I assumed was Uber or Lyft standard service.  If there had been 4 people, some would have been sitting on a lap. While there are reports of passengers abusing the maximum number of persons on the Transportation Network Companies, I saw a driver doing what I thought was an abuse of car size.  The passenger’s suitcase had to be put in the back seat – no room in trunk.  Know what you are reserving and what you are receiving.    


 

Huntsville Airport - HSV

Huntsville Airport - HSV

110 miles to Nashville / 2 hours

 

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North American Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

United Airlines

 

Airline Rates and Reservations

(except Delta)

 

Delta Air Lines

 

 

Car Rental – At Airport

Avis - Budget

Enterprise – (family owned – founder served on USS ENTRPRISE in WORLD WAR II)

Hertz – National - Thrifty

 

Car Rental Rate & Reservations

 


Chattanooga Airport - CHA

Chattanooga Airport - CHA

140 miles to Nashville / 2 1/2 hours

 

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North America Airlines

Allegiant Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

United Airlines

 

Airline Rates and Reservations

(except Delta)

 

Delta Air Lines

 

 

Car Rental – At Airport

Alamo - Avis - Budget

Enterprise – (family owned – founder served on USS ENTRPRISE in WORLD WAR II)

Hertz – National - Thrifty

 

Car Rental Rate & Reservations

 


McGhee Tyson Knoxville Airport – TYS

McGhee Tyson Knoxville Airport - TYS

182 miles to Nashville / 3 hours

 

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North America Airlines

Allegiant Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

United Airlines

 

Airline Rates and Reservations

(except Delta)

 

Delta Air Lines

 

 

Car Rental – At Airport

Alamo – Avis

Budget - Dollar

Enterprise – (family owned – founder served on USS ENTRPRISE in WORLD WAR II)

Hertz – National

 

Car Rental Rate & Reservations

 


No TSA hassles if you …

Drive to Nashville


Tuscaloosa, AL to Nashville

248 miles - 4 hours

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Fayetteville, AR to Nashville

531 miles / 8 1/2 hours

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Auburn, AL to Nashville

303 miles / 5 1/2 miles

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Gainesville, FL  to Nashville

580 miles / 9 1/2 hours

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Athens, GA to Nashville

308 miles / 5 1/2 hours

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Lexington, KY to Nashville

212 miles / 2 1/2 miles

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Baton Rouge, LA to Nashville

590 miles / 9 1/2 hours

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Oxford, MS to Nashville

259 miles 4 1/2 miles

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Starkville, MS to Nashville

286 miles / 5 hours

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Columbia, MO to Nashville

430 miles / 7 hours

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Columbia, SC to Nashville

440 miles / 7 hours

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Knoxville, TN to Nashville

182 miles / 3 hours

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College Station, TX to Nashville

764 miles / 13 ½ hours

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Vanderbilt to Bridgestone Arena

3 miles / 15 minutes

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Hotels


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Nashville Hotels Rates & Reservations



 Women’s Basketball

Fight Song – Audio

Student Newspaper

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Alabama Crimson Tide

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Red

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 Arkansas Razorbacks

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Red

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Arkansas Women's Basketball

 

Arkansas Fight Song

“Arkansas Fight”

Audio - Lyrics

 

The Arkansas Traveler Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Arkansas Apparel & Accessories


 

Auburn Tigers

Auburn, Alabama

Orange & Blue

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Auburn Women's Basketball

 

Auburn Fight Song

“War Eagle”

Video & Lyrics

 

The Auburn Plainsman Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Auburn Apparel & Accessories


 

Florida Gators

Gainesville, Florida

Orange and Blue

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Florida Women's Basketball

 

Florida Fight Song

“Orange & Blue”

Audi & Lyrics

 

Independent Florida Alligator Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Florida Apparel & Accessories


 

Georgia Yellow Jackets

Athens, Georgia

Red & Black

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Georgia Women's Basketball

 

Georgia Fight Song

“Glory“

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Red & Black Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Georgia Apparel & Accessories


 

Kentucky Wildcats

Lexington, Kentucky

Blue & White

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Kentucky Women's Basketball

 

Kentucky Fight Song

“On U of K”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Kentucky Kernel Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Kentucky Apparel & Accessories


 

LSU Tigers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Purple & Gold

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LSU Women's Basketball

 

LSU Fight Song

“Fight for LSU”

Audio - Lyrics

 

The Daily Reville

 

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LSU Apparel & Accessories


 

Mississippi “Ole Miss” Rebels

Oxford, Mississippi

Red & Blue

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Mississippi Women's Basketball

 

Ole Miss Fight Song

“Forward Rebels”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The DM Online Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Ole Miss Apparel & Accessories


 

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Starkville, Mississippi

Maroon & White

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Mississippi State Women's Basketball

 

Mississippi State Fight Song

“Hail State”

Audio and Lyrics

 

The Reflector Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Mississippi State Apparel & Accessories


 

Missouri Tigers

Columbia, Missouri

Black & Gold

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Missouri Women's Basketball

 

Missouri Fight Song

“Every True Son”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Maneater Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Missouri Apparel & Accessories


 

South Carolina Gamecocks

Columbia, South Carolina

Black & Garnet

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South Carolina Women's Basketball

 

South Carolina Fight Song

“The Fighting Gamecocks Lead The Way”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Daily Gamecock Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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South Carolina Apparel & Accessories


 

Tennessee LadyVols

Knoxville, Tennessee

Orange & White

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Tennessee Women's Basketball

 

Tennessee Fight Song

“Down the Field”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Daily Beacon Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Tennessee Apparel & Accessories


 

Texas A & M Aggies

College Station, Texas

Maroon & White

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Texas A & M Women's Basketball

 

Texas A & M Fight Song

“The Aggie War Chant”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Battalion Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Texas A & M Apparel & Accessories


 

Vanderbilt Commodores

Nashville, Tennessee

Black & Gold

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Vanderbilt Women's Basketball

 

Vanderbilt Fight Song

“Dynamite Dynamite”

Audio & Lyrics

 

The Vanderbilt Hustler Student Newspaper - Sports

 

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Vanderbilt Apparel & Accessories


ESPN  Women's College Basketball


Fox Sports Women's College Basketball


Sports Illustrated Men's College Basketball


USA Today College Basketball


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