While Nashville won't be hosting the Frozen Four in the short term, the Nashville Sports Council did submit bids to host NCAA championships in three other sports ahead of yesterday's deadline.
Nashville Sports Council CEO Scott Ramsey said bids were submitted to host the championships for women's bowling, men's and women's cross-country and men's and women's tennis. In all three cases, bids were submitted for "at least two years" between 2015 and 2017.
All would be hosted in conjunction with Vanderbilt, with bowling held at the Smyrna Bowling Center (which hosts the Commodores' annual Music City Classic), tennis at Vandy and Centennial Sportsplex and cross-country at Percy Warner Park (or as local high-school runners, used to running the state and Metro championship meets and the A.F. Bridges Invitational there, call it: "The Steeplechase").
Ramsey said the Sports Council was judicious in picking events, mindful of how they fit in with available facilities, manpower and financial capital, as well as being cognizant of schedule constraints.
He said the council typically assesses these special events in light of a five-year plan. The current five-year window already includes this spring's Women's Final Four at Bridgestone Arena, as well as multiple men's SEC basketball tournaments (with, as noted in the Frozen Four story, the possibility of Nashville being named the "primary site" for the SEC tournament).
Ramsey said bids for future women's Final Fours, as well as future men's NCAA regionals will be submitted in another, upcoming window. The NCAA is expected to announce the sites for the bowling, tennis and cross-country championships in December.
In addition, Ramsey said the Sports Council is still working on an NHL All-Star game. The likely earliest year for that in Nashville is 2016 — there is no All-Star game this year due to the Olympics and Columbus is widely expected to be awarded the 2015 event. The Ohio capital was scheduled to host the game in 2013, which was cancelled due to the league's lockout.
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