A-10 Announces Women's Basketball Championship Move To Richmond Coliseum
Sept. 19, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference announced its women's basketball championship will move to the Richmond Coliseum on Thursday afternoon, effective for the 2014 event. Slated to host 13 teams, the event will take place from March 5-9, 2014.
The championship will open with a play-in game on Wednesday the fifth, followed by four first-round games on Thursday. The four quarterfinal games will tip-off Friday morning followed by the semifinal round on Saturday which will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network. The finals will air live on ESPNU beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.
"The opportunity to establish a long-term home for our women's basketball championship and partner with the City of Richmond was one we could not pass up. We selected Richmond because it gives us the ability to build on our record attendance from last year's championship and provide a true March Madness environment for our women's basketball student-athletes," stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "I want to thank our head coaches and Directors of Athletics for their leadership in this selection and commend the City of Richmond, SMG and my staff for their commitment to making this a true win-win partnership for everyone involved."
The Richmond Coliseum has offered quality entertainment to the Richmond Metropolitan area for over 40 years. The Coliseum averages 130 events annually with an average annual attendance of over 600,000 patrons The Richmond Coliseum seats nearly 12,000 for basketball and has extensive experience in hosting college conference championships. There have been three other leagues that have held their postseason tournaments at the Coliseum. The Coliseum also hosted the 1994 NCAA Women's Final Four.
"I am so pleased to be welcoming the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship to the city of Richmond. The A-10 is a phenomenal league and we are ready to welcome the players, the coaches and the fan base to our great city," said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "This tournament has a very strong following that will strengthen our sports tourism draw and keep the city on the radar for future prestigious tournaments."
When the championship tips off in Richmond, it will mark just the third time in its 32-year history that it will take place at a neutral site. Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass., played host in 2011, while Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., served as host in 2010. The Atlantic 10 is one of only eight conferences (out of 31 league) where the women's basketball championship will be played at a neutral site, separate from the men's championship.