Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Road to the White House Runs Through Nashville

This evening, the world will watch the second of three debates between Barack Obama and John McCain, and shining in the background will be Belmont University, the debate's location.  Awarded the second debate last year, the university has been preparing for months.

The debate will take place in the Curb Event Center, a multi-purpose building that is home to the university's basketball team.  In addition to athletic events, the center also hosts concerts, speeches, tradeshows, meetings, and other events.  The 90000 square-foot building has 5000 permanent seats, offices, locker rooms, and more.

Mike Curb, former lieutenant governor of California, stock-car racing enthusiast and founder/owner of Curb Records (Wynnona, Tim McGraw, Sawyer Brown, LeAnne Rimes), is a major benefactor of the university and the arena.  The university honored his involvement by naming the arena after him.

Side note:  Curb does not limit his involvement in higher education to Belmont.  He has endowed programs at both Vanderbilt University and Rhodes College (Memphis) and has pledged $10million to his alma mater, Cal State Northridge.  He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more information on Belmont University, click here.
For more information on Mike Curb, click here.

Tomorrow, I'll show you the media tent.


Ferreira-Pinto said...

Olá Chris, estou certo que estarás muito atenta ao debate de logo.
Diz-me, por favor, onde fui o McCain descobrir aquela senhora chamada Sara?
Tudo bem contigo?
E com o teu marido?
As gêmeas andam a aprender espanhol agora.

brian said...

How exciting to be in the host city for the debate! nice photo... i'm anxious for tonight to hurry up and get here - i think mccain is going to get vicious tonight... he's getting desperate and the polls aren't trending his way.. poor thing, bless his heart! =)

Rambling Round said...

Great up close encounter with the debate venue! So, how'd you get inside that chain-link fence? :)

Virginia said...

Interesting post Chris. I was lucky enough to pull volunteer dute for a special event at the museum so I didn't have to watch the debate! GRRRRRR.