Bridgestone Arena is accustomed to regularly selling out concerts and Nashville Predators hockey games, but it was a different sport that helped to tip the scales this past week.
The 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, held in Nashville on March 11 through March 15, set a record for the largest crowd for the SEC Tournament in Bridgestone Arena with a total of 192,727 coming through the doors during the tourney. Bridgestone Arena is in the midst of hosting twelve-consecutive SEC Basketball Championships.
For a building that’s already been named 2014 Arena of the Year by Pollstar Magazine, the record SEC Tournament attendance figures add to the growing list of accolades for one of the busiest venues in the country.
“What’s really exciting is we broke the all-time [attendance] record at Bridgestone arena for a concert with Eric Church, and just a month later, we shatter the sports record for attendance with [the SEC Tournament] on Saturday and then beat it again on Sunday,” Predators President Sean Henry said. “It was incredible.”
A total of 19,232 fans attended the tournament on Saturday, with 20,315 taking in Sunday’s SEC Championship game between Arkansas and Kentucky.
The aforementioned Eric Church show saw a record-breaking 18,411 in attendance, the largest ever for a concert at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators also set a new single-game attendance record this season, hosting 17,401 fans on Dec. 30, 2014 against St. Louis.
These numbers come on the heels of Bridgestone Arena recently hosting seven events in seven days to close out the month of February.