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20 for 20: No. 4 - The Curb Event Center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - To honor Belmont University Athletics' vast achievements over its 20 years as an NCAA Division I member institution, BelmontBruins.com continues its list of the Top 20 moments and accomplishments over the last two decades.

Today, we unveil moment No. 4 - the Curb Event Center.

When Belmont University announced that it would transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I, one of the athletic department's top priorities became a facility befitting the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Venerable Striplin Gymnasium had served as Belmont's athletic home since 1964, and while steeped in history and tradition, it posed a number of limitations for the Bruin program moving forward.

Enter Dr. Fisher.

Appointed Belmont University President in April of 2000, Fisher quickly worked to conceive and build a student-centered campus hub that would symbolize the university's upward trajectory.

With lead gifts from Mike Curb, Sally Beaman, and the Maddox Foundation, Belmont broke ground on a $52 million, three-building complex that was the largest construction project in the university's history.

In the fall of 2003, the dream became a reality, as Belmont officially opened the Curb Event Center.

Far beyond the facilities for athletics, the Curb Event Center became a central gathering area for students on campus and alleviated parking concerns.

Moreover, the Curb Event Center became a new "it" space for conferences, speaking engagements and concerts within the Nashville community.

Five years after the exciting ribbon-cutting, Belmont University hosted the 2008 presidential town hall debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

To this day, the Curb Event Center is a symbol of pride and achievement, bringing Belmont and Nashville together.