NASHVILLE — Cue up the references about another improbable Georgia run to the SEC Tournament championship.
A severe thunderstorm made its way through Nashville on Thursday afternoon as Vanderbilt and Tennessee engaged in a tight second-round game. That led to the SEC making an announcement that fans should be “encouraged to stay in the building” until the storm had cleared.
Around that time at least one media member, Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley, reported that he felt a drop of water and had to move his seat.
The announcement in the arena was quickly followed up by an e-mail from the SEC:
DUE TO THREATENING WEATHER IN THE FORM OF HEAVY RAIN AND LIGHTNING IN THE AREA OF BRIDGESTONE ARENA, FANS AT THE SEC MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY IN THE BUILDING UNTIL THE SEVERE WEATHER HAS CLEARED THE VICINITY.
PATRONS WITH TICKETS FOR THE CURRENT GAME — WHICH IS SESSION 2 — WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE BUILDING AND REMAIN FOR THE NIGHT GAMES — WHICH IS SESSION 3.
SESSION 3 TICKETS WILL TAKE PRIORITY AND SESSION 2 TICKET HOLDERS WHO CHOOSE TO REMAIN WILL NEED TO FIND OPEN SEATS IN THE ARENA.
The warning was repeated to fans during ensuing timeouts.
This brings back memories of 2008 in Atlanta, when a tornado caused damage to the Georgia Dome and forced the tournament to be moved to Georgia Tech. And the Bulldogs, who entered with a losing record, went on to win the tournament.
This time around, Georgia is the No. 6 seed. It opens play Thursday night against Mississippi State.