UT looks to fill seats in Nashville

By Tom Wood 

For the Tennessee Ledger

The Vols will take their show on the road Dec. 18, playing Gonzaga in Nashville.

It’s an especially intriguing game that, regardless of the outcome against the Bulldogs, could pay dividends in March.

“The Battle on Broadway,” slated for a 4 p.m. EST tip-off on ESPN2, will be held at Bridgestone Arena, which serves as the site of the SEC Tournament from March 8-12.

It is the second of a two-game neutral-site series between UT and Gonzaga, which is located in Spokane, Washington.

Last year’s contest was billed as the “Battle of Seattle” and drew 16,770 to KeyArena. The Zags held on to win 86-79 after the Vols rallied from a 19-point deficit.

This year’s game is hosted by the Nashville Sports Council and Bridgestone Arena in what Scott Ramsey, Sports Council president and CEO, described as a partnership of sorts through UT’s athletics department, with no guaranteed payments to the schools.

He adds a successful venture could lead to similar ones with other SEC schools in the future.

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