A-10 tournament moving from Brooklyn to campus site

The scene at the Barclays Center on Thursday.
The scene at the Barclays Center on Thursday.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Event could end up being played in Dayton

The Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball tournament will not take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March because of the COVID-19 situation in New York City.

The event be played on an A-10 campus, the league announced Thursday, and the location will be announced in the near future. Dayton is one of the schools interested in hosting the event. It was the last school to host the full tournament in 2004. It has been played at neutral sites since then.

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The 2020 A-10 tournament was cancelled after two opening-round games were played at the Barclays Center. The event will return to the arena in 2023 and 2024 after moving to Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., in 2022.

“The A-10 has a great relationship and partnership with Barclays Center and BSE Global, thus deciding on this relocation was bittersweet as we have had exciting games and our student-athletes have had first-class experiences,” Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said in a press release. “I am appreciative of the support and leadership from Barclays Center, and look forward to returning in 2023 and 2024.  The challenges presented by COVID-19 and the ability to host this event on campus provides the league with operational efficiencies, established local health departments relationships, and a familiarity of conference COVID-19 protocols. We are fortunate to have first class arenas throughout the A-10, with strong administrative and operational staff on campus, giving the league numerous options for a member institution to host.”

The A-10 women’s tournament will go on as planned at Virginia Commonwealth’s Siegel Center from March 3-7 in Richmond, Va.

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