What to do in Nashville for SEC tourney

Mississippi State University's women's basketball team will compete in the SEC Women's Tournament over the weekend at Bridgestone Arena in the heart of downtown Nashville. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
Staff Writer

The Mississippi State University Women's Basketball team will compete in the SEC Women's Tournament this weekend at Bridgestone Area in downtown Nashville, which offers a plethora of activities for fans making the trek to cheer on the Bulldogs.

While the tournament began Wednesday, the Bulldogs’ first game will be at noon on March 2. The bulldogs will face off against either Alabama or Kentucky.

Tickets for the SEC Women's Tournament are available online through Ticket Master at www.bridgestonearena.com/events.

According to the Bridgestone Arena website, fans are encouraged not to bring any bags into the tournament, but if anyone brings a bag, it must be a small, clear plastic bag no larger than 12" x 6" x 12", a one gallon clear plastic freezer bag or a small clutch bag no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" with or without handle or strap.

Other prohibited items include: large purses, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage, computer bags and camera bags.

Visit Music City Sales Coordinator Mary Rowe said Bulldog fans traveling to Nashville for the Tournament should base their trip around the downtown and Broadway area of Nashville.

"Bridgestone Arena is right there on Broadway, which is the main downtown strip in Nashville," Rowe said. "There are tons of restaurants and hotels in that area, and anything downtown would be walking distance from the Bridgestone Arena."

Rowe said Midtown, Vanderbilt and West End hotels are also within one to two miles of Bridgestone Arena.

Aside from the tournament, Rowe suggested visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame, touring RCA Studio B, listening to songwriters perform at The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room Cafe, viewing the multiple art galleries in Nashville, attending a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, or visiting the homes of past-presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson.

For Bulldog fans staying at home during the tournament, MSU's first game will be on March 2 and will be on SEC Network.

The March 3 game will be on ESPNU and the March 4 game will be on ESPN2. All of the games will also be available on MSU Radio Network.