Belmont University and SunTrust Banks have signed an agreement designating the company as title sponsor of the 2004 SunTrust Banks Atlantic Sun Men’s Basketball Championship, , to be played at Belmont’s 5000-seat Curb Event Center on Belmont’s Nashville campus. The winner of the 2004 SunTrust Banks A-Sun Men’s Basketball Championship will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. For ticket information, contact the Curb Event Center Box Office at 615-460-8500.
Belmont Director of Athletics Mike Strickland said, “Anytime that you can partner with a company the caliber of SunTrust Banks, it is exciting. Corporate sponsorship is a major key to hosting a successful championship and with the addition of SunTrust Banks, the 2004 A-Sun Men’s Basketball Championship is poised to make it a terrific weekend in Nashville.”
Stephen C. Smith, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing for SunTrust Banks, Nashville, said, “SunTrust is very pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2004 Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Basketball tournament held at Belmont University. The Universities represented in this conference are in many of the same geographical markets as SunTrust Banks, and, in many cases, are valuable business partners. We are excited about the high caliber of these college teams and look forward to a very competitive tournament.”
A-Sun Commissioner Bill Bibb said, “We are extremely pleased and honored to have an institution such as SunTrust Banks become associated with the Atlantic Sun Conference as title sponsor for our men’s basketball tournament. SunTrust represents many of the same great values as our member institutions and we feel that SunTrust and the A-Sun make a great match. We are looking forward to a tremendous championship this year and are proud that SunTrust will be a partner as we share the excitement of college basketball at tournament time.”
The eight-team event will take place over three days with a total of seven games played – four quarterfinals on day one, two semifinals on day two and the championship game on day three. Five of the seven games will be televised with two quarterfinals games and the semifinals seen live on Comcast Sports Southeast. The title game will be shown live on ESPN2 at 3:00 pm (CST).
SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation’s largest commercial banking organizations. As of December 31, 2003, SunTrust had total assets of $125.4 billion and total deposits of $81.2 billion. The company operates through an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. SunTrust’s primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries, the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services.
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