Nearly three years ago, Predators President Sean Henry said the organization was giving strong consideration to bidding for the Frozen Four, the semifinals and finals of the NCAA's Division I Men's Ice Hockey tournament.
Bids for a handful of future Frozen Fours between 2015 and 2019 — and a handful of other collegiate championship events — were due with the NCAA Monday. Henry said the Bridgestone Arena team ultimately decided against a try for college hockey's biggest event.
Henry said the arena's busy calendar of future planned events would have made hosting the hockey event difficult if not impossible.
The arena is already on the books to host the SEC men's basketball tournament in 2015, 2016 and 2019. Putting on an SEC tournament in early March and then having to host a Frozen Four less than a month later would put serious strain on the building's availability for its prime-tenant Predators.
At last week's Skate of the Union, Henry told fans to expect "a pretty big announcement with the SEC" in the coming weeks.
The conference has yet to announce its sites for 2017 and 2018 — though a lot of speculation has surrounded St. Louis and Tampa for those years. However, the conference's athletic directors also voted at their May meeting to seek a "primary site" for the event. At that meeting, Nashville Sports Council chief Scott Ramsey indicated Nashville's desire to be that site.
Could taking a pass on the Frozen Four be an indication the SEC has settled on Nashville as its "primary" home for basketball?