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Official Review by Mike Stunson, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
When you walk into Belmont University's Curb Event Center you definitely feel like you are about to watch a basketball game, and not a concert. The unique feel of the arena gives the Bruins the home court advantage that has seen them acquire a lot of recent success. It opened in the 2003-2004 season, and since then they have had the most home wins of any team in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Curb Event Center arena has 5,000 permanent seats in an oval configuration, but the arena is used for a lot more than just sporting events. The 2006 CMT Video Music awards were held there, as well as a 2008 Presidential debate.
Located just a few miles from the heart of downtown Nashville, the Curb Event Center gives students and fans a chance to see a competitive Bruins team play, with being able to enjoy the Nashville
night-life right after.
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I was pretty disappointed with the overall food and beverage selection at the arena. Firstly, the menu itself was pretty lackluster. Besides the typical popcorn and nachos, the only appetizing entrees on the menu were a hot dog ($3.50) and a Chick-fil-A sandwich ($4.50). It was nice to see the Chick-fil-A on the menu, but since I have had plenty of those in my day I went with the hot dog. The hot dog was nothing special and I found myself plenty hungry afterwards.
Worse than the food selection were the lines for the concessions. There are two concessions in the atrium and two more by the stands. I went midway through halftime and all of them had lines with at least 10 to 15 customers in them. It is common for concessions to be popular at halftime, but it seemed like they could maybe have more stands to fight the crowd.
It was rivalry night at Belmont when I went as they faced cross-town rival Lipscomb. The overall atmosphere among the fans was exciting and people were enthused throughout the whole game, which ended up in a blowout in favor of the home team.
This is still a fairly new stadium, and the custodial staff makes sure it looks that way as this is a very clean stadium. There are a number of suites inside the stadium, including the Vince Gill Room
which is a penthouse meeting room offering outdoor rooftop dining. The atrium for the arena reminds you of a convention center, showing the versatility of the arena.
Located on Belmont Blvd (easy enough), the arena is just a few miles away from the action of the Music City. There are plenty of country music shops, as well as bars and clubs for all ages to enjoy. If you are into professional sports, the Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans are very close.
Closer to Belmont, there are quite a few local restaurants that seemed to have been pretty crowded before the game. I took a walk down Belmont Blvd and saw a number of these restaurants as well as a few bars. Students flocked to these bars after the Bruins win.
I sat right in front of the student section for Belmont and they were wild the whole game. Many of them had their chests painted and they backed their team as they rode to victory. They also had some clever chants during the game which is sometimes hard to come by.
The stadium itself was right around its capacity, and there were even some fans standing behind the stands to watch the game. I was told that most games against Lipscomb are sell-outs so it is good that fans come out to support their team in the rivalry game.
Access getting into the stadium could not be easier as there is a parking garage that is connected to the stadium.
Once you are inside, it is pretty easy to navigate. There is just one level to the stadium and it is in an oval so it's pretty hard to get lost.
It is hard to pass on a ticket to a game that is both exciting with a good team on the court, but reasonably priced as well. The average ticket to a Bruins basketball game is under $15, with three-game packages at just $25.
The Bruins have been an elite team in the conference for the better part of a decade, and seeing that kind of team in action is definitely worth it for the price. It is probably the cheapest ticket in town to see a winning team as Vanderbilt tickets go for nearly twice as Belmont's.
The roof of the parking garage, as well as the Vince Gill Room overlook downtown Nashville and it has to be the best view of the city. It is a sight to see at nightime.
During the game there is a large balloon above the student section and every time a three point field goal is made, a "3" is posted up to the balloon. It makes it easy, and enjoyable to see how many long range shots the Bruins have made.
There is also a large video scoreboard at the arena, which is not often seen at mid-major programs.
Member Review by Fishy112 on Mar 23, 2011
I've enjoyed nearly every single Belmont Bruins Men's Basketball game in the CEC. The arena is one of the best mid-major facilities in the country. Plus, our home winning percentage is such that you almost always enjoy watching us WIN!
Go Bruins! Grrrr...
Member Review by MattMetsker on Jul 25, 2013
The Curb Event Center is great! Whether you are watching the six-time conference champion Belmont Bruins men's basketball team crushing their opposition or watching some of Belmont's talented student-musicians perform in a showcase there is not a bad seat in the house! The Maddox Grand Atrium provides a scenic welcome to all fans as they enter the arena and the Vince Gill Room located inside the arena allows rich donors of Belmont with an beautiful area to wine and dine (minus the wine part because Belmont is a dry campus) during the game. Belmont's amazing sports marketing team brings in a variety of entertainers, such as the Zooperstars or a trampoline dunk team, to keep fans interest during halftime. Single-game tickets are available for only $10 and parking is free, there simply is not a better deal in town! There are some great restaurants across the street on Belmont Boulevard, Hillsboro Village is within walking distance, and Downtown Nashville is a short drive away, so it's in a great neighborhood! I would say that the worst thing about the Curb Event Center is the limited food selection, but that's the fault of Sodexo, not anyone affiliated with Belmont. I'd recommend eating somewhere nearby before or after the game, like Chago's Cantina or P.M. on Belmont Boulevard. Additionally, the fan support is not as consistent as it should be for a program that has proven itself to be one of the nation's premier mid-major teams year in and year out. The students of Belmont need to realize that they most likely aren't going to get rich by strumming their acoustic guitars all day long and the residents of Nashville need to learn that their is more to college sports than SEC football! If you're in Nashville and haven't checked out a Belmont basketball game, then you are really missing out on one of the greatest sports experiences that the city has to offer!
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