CAA announces move from Richmond to Baltimore

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—The Colonial Athletic Association has announced that the CAA Men’s Basketball Championships will move to Baltimore for the 2014-2016 seasons.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement concerning the CAA Men’s Basketball Championships move to Baltimore for the 2014-2016 seasons:

 “Richmond provided a robust and competitive bid for the 2014-2016 CAA Tournament. However, after a long and successful history in Richmond, the CAA has notified the City that they will be moving to Baltimore following the 2013 season. We understand the move to be the result of conference realignments that have shifted the fan base of the tournament. With the changing landscape of the conference and the loss of two local prominent universities, it appears that the move to Baltimore fits the tournaments’ long term goals at this time.

 “We have had a great partnership for twenty-four years with the CAA and have shared many successes. We wish the CAA well and thank them for the long history. With respect to what’s on the city’s horizon related to our Coliseum operations, our perspective is that when one door closes, another opens. Even with CAA proceeds and other events, the City subsidizes the Coliseum each year. We will now be able to expand our options going forward for possible future plans related to the facility.”

The 2013 championships will still be held at the Richmond Coliseum. 

 The Colonial Athletic Association and the city of Baltimore will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12.