Nashvillians Gather for Annual Community Night

The Belmont Women Bruins beat Eastern Illinois 98-57 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, February 21, 2019.

Hosted by Belmont’s Office of Community Relations, Community Night provides an opportunity for members of the Nashville community to attend a night of Bruin basketball and family festivities

Each year, the Curb Event Center comes to life as more than two thousand members of the Nashville community find their way into its seats to cheer for the Belmont Bruins. The tradition, known as Community Night, provides an opportunity for neighbors and friends to attend a basketball game, eat dinner and participate in a variety of family-friendly events for free.

Joyce Searcy, director of Belmont’s Office of Community Relations, said the event has become a significant staple on campus. “We are so grateful for our neighbors and fellow Nashvillians,” she said. “This is just one simple way that we can continue to swing open our doors and show our community how much we appreciate their support.”

After a full dinner of hot dogs, chips and sodas, guests were ushered upstairs for the Belmont’s Women’s Basketball team’s game against Eastern Illinois. The Bruins defeated EIU with a final score of 98-57. Immediately after, the Men’s Team took on the men of EIU and came out with the same outcome, defeating the Panthers 99-58.

The men’s basketball game was especially special on Thursday night as Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Byrd earned his 800th career victory making him one of five active – and 12 all-time – NCAA Division I head coaches to reach 800 career victories. The Curb was ablaze with energy as the game ended and Coach earned his well-deserved place in the elite club of 800 wins.

But it wasn’t just basketball that could seen from the bleachers. Drum lines from two local high schools participated in a battle on the court. Going back and forth with their riffs, the students incorporated dance routines and full body choreography throughout their performance.

“This is one event we look forward to all year,” Searcy said. “This year was especially successful as we watched Coach Byrd earn this unique recognition. My team is already excited for what next year will hold.”