As we welcomed visitors from all over the country into Nashville this week for Music City Bowl and New Year’s Eve festivities, let me first say we were glad you were all here and hope those who haven’t traveled to Nashville yet are coming.

That includes all of those visiting Nashville from Baton Rouge and from all over Louisiana. Nashville has a long history of partnership with the SEC and we are excited to have you here to experience our hospitality, authenticity and, of course, our music.

From the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament to the Music City Bowl, we have worked hard as a city to create a partnership with the SEC and value the relationship we have with the fans and players in the conference. We value our reputation as one of the country’s friendliest cities and, hopefully, as SEC fans’ destination of choice. I sincerely hope that spirit is on display for those visiting this week.

As a former Baton Rouge resident, a proud uncle of a niece and nephew attending LSU and a former LSU season ticket holder, I know how seriously Louisiana takes its football. We take our reputation to entertain just as seriously and have pulled out all the stops to make sure both teams and their fans have a memorable and exciting experience while they are here in Music City.

Where else in the country can you experience SEC football set against a backdrop of continuous free live music, award-wining dining and some of the best nightlife in the country? Our upcoming internationally recognized and nationally broadcast Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway, featuring entertainment by Lady Antebellum, Gavin DeGraw, The Apache Relay and Kristen Capolino will be one of the biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebrations this year and is offered to the public free of charge.

The SEC will always have a welcome home in Nashville and we are always working to elevate your Music City Bowl experience. I believe we have created one of the top bowl experiences in the country and it will only get better every year. We hope each and every Tiger fan in Nashville this week had a wonderful time, and for those that didn’t make the trip, please come and see us soon.

Butch Spyridon

president and CEO, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.