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SEC Tournament Moved To Georgia Tech; Fans Locked Out

Saturday, March 15, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 11:21 AM, under ,

Athens, GA (Mar 15, 2008) - The remainder of the SEC Tournament will be played at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum. is reporting that because of the difficulties that would be associated in determining which of the 26,100 tournament ticket holders would be allowed into the 9,000 seat Georgia Tech site, only credentialed media, family, bands, and cheerleaders will be allowed in.

Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

SEC officials and administrators from Georgia and Kentucky held an all-night meeting in a reception room at the Georgia Dome to work out the logistics of moving the event. They convened until shortly after 4 a.m.

"We had and still have a lot of logistical problems," Bloom said. "There's still going to be the use of a lot of emergency personnel around the city in the morning and there is some difficulty there as well as accommodating the many fans we have here at the tournament. It's a limited seat facility that we're moving into."

Georgia coach Dennis Felton originally expressed concerns about trying to play two games in one day but both schools eventually relented on that point.

"I don't ever remember dealing with anything like this," said Georgia athletics director Damon Evans, emerging exhausted at 4 a.m. "Each school had different situations to resolve. But applaud the SEC and the Georgia Dome for working it all out."

The championship game will now be played at 3:00 PM tomorrow instead of the originally scheduled 1:00 PM start. The postponed Georgia-Kentucky game will be played at Noon today. I am sure there are some very, very tired television technical crews that have had to dismantle everything and move it over to Tech.

Here are some videos from last night from YouTube.

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