RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Richmond and VCU will host the Atlantic 10 Conference 2021 Men’s Basketball Championship in March, the conference announced Thursday.
The tournament, originally scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will now take place over the two smaller college campuses on March 10 - 14.
"Games 1 and 3 and games 2 and 4 will be split between Richmond’s Robins Center and VCU’s Siegel Center. Wednesday’s opening round, Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship final will be played at Richmond’s Robins Center. The location of each second round and quarterfinal game will be announced when championship seeding is announced," the conference announced. "The unique opportunity to play the eight games across Thursday and Friday at two A-10 arenas in the same city, allows for operational efficiencies in implementing comprehensive health and safety plans by establishing two highly COVID-precautionary controlled environments."
No information was shared about the number of fans allowed to attend the games.
“Both VCU and Richmond submitted proposals to host, so their willingness to combine efforts and support the league’s best interest to separate the days with four games is truly appreciated,” A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said. “The fact that we have two premier arenas, within six miles of each other, willing to host is a tremendous advantage for the A-10 in our goal to provide the safest, best experience for our teams, coaches and campus communities."
The A-10 last played its conference title game on a college campus in 2004 at Dayton.