CAA moving conference tournament to North Charleston in 2017
In March the Colonial Athletic Association’s three-year agreement with the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore comes to an end, meaning that the league and its members were in search of a new home for the men’s basketball tournament. Thursday afternoon the CAA made official news that made the rounds earlier in the week, as the 2017-19 editions of the tournament will be played at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The arena seats some 11,000 spectators, and the move places the men’s tournament closest to the CAA’s southernmost member. That could result in some travel issues, as Baltimore was a location to which many fan bases could travel by car or bus.
With the move south, those treks for fans of programs such as Northeastern, Hofstra and Drexel get even longer unless they’re willing to spring for a round-trip flight. But even with that option, you’re essentially committing to the entire weekend whether your team advances or not as it’s tough (and expensive) to change flights in such a scenario.
According to the CAA the move to the North Charleston Coliseum was unanimously approved by the member schools.