CAA basketball tourney headed to Baltimore?

CAA basketball tourney headed to Baltimore?
October 23, 2012, 5:30 pm

Likely after the 2013-14 campaign, the Colonial Athletic Association's long held tradition of playing its men's postseason tournament in Richmond could come to an end.

If so, Baltimore has formally let it be known they want in. After years of playing in hostile territory, no doubt George Mason nation would be among those happy to see such change.

Both city and state officials met with the CAA leaders earlier this month, Baltimore Business Journal is reporting, making an official pitch for the tournament to be housed at the 14,000 seat First Mariner Arena. The idea would be for the downtown Baltimore gym to host the tournament starting in 2014 or 15.

Apparently lots of locales have the same thought. CAA deputy commissioner Ron Bertovich said 31 cities have kicked the tires on a potential hosting gig.

The obvious tie to Charm City is Towson University, currently a member of the CAA (I say current because in this era of collegiate athletics, who knows what any conference will look like a couple of years away).

The obvious reason the conference would depart from the Richmond Coliseum, site of the tournament since 1990, is that Richmond-based program VCU left for the Atlantic-10.

Thanksgiving is the target date for a decision. After years of playing on VCU's home turf, any change of venue - esepecially one only an extended Beltway driving trip away - would be welcome for George Mason, not to mention Philadelphia based Drexel and Delaware. That goes without saying, Hon.