NCAA Tournament 2018: Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee is one of the first and second round locations for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. On March 16 and 18, Bridgestone Arena, home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, will serve as the venue for the eight teams’ battle to advance to the Sweet 16. Bridgestone Arena is located in downtown Nashville and recently hosted its eleventh annual Country Music Awards in 2017. Nashville is known as “Music City, USA”, and is the world’s country music capital. Apart from basketball and music, visitors can enjoy the city’s museums, parks, and nightlife.
NCAA Tournament Nashville History
Nashville and Bridgestone Arena have hosted the tournament’s first and second rounds four times since 2000 in 2000, 2003, 2005, and then seven years later in 2012. With almost another seven year gap, 2018 will be the venue’s fifth time hosting. It will also be the city’s ninth time hosting the tournament overall. In 2014, the city and arena notably hosted the women’s Final Four.
In 2017, the Nashville Sports Council explained that Nashville has not received bids for rounds later than the first and second ones due to its central location. This makes it more accessible for fans and teams and better for the first and second rounds. The council also claims that the city benefits more economically from this role due to twice as many teams as the Sweet 16. Nashville is on the rise as a college basketball city, with a historic deal made in 2013 with the Southeastern Conference or SEC for Bridgestone Arena to host twelve consecutive SEC Basketball Championships, including both men and women’s games.
Nashville Ticket Prices
Nashville prices are more than likely to move as the matchup is set and the games get closer, so be sure to check back as March Madness progresses. To see current ticket prices, scan the event listings at the top of this page for a look at Full Strip, Session 1, and Session 2 offerings.