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CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
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01-27-2016 09:04 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
GREAT!
01-27-2016 09:12 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
It's a great move for those who make a point to go to the tourney, but will hurt attendance of the bandwagon or casual fan. The great turnout we had last year was made possible by people being able to drive up and not have to plan with a long drive/flight and hotel, etc. But Charleston is a great place to have a tournament.
01-27-2016 09:15 PM
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Charleston is a hot bed for the game. Twelve flights a day from New York area. It's a great idea. It's a paint game down south you'all.
01-27-2016 09:15 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
Boo. They're moving in the wrong direction

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01-27-2016 09:52 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
For Tribe fans unable to go to the whole tourney, it is bad. Any Virginia Tribe fans could go to Baltimore for the weekend, and then still return for the title game. I was one of a few thousand who came Monday last year. Richmond was even better for travel. On the bright side though, it is an excellent location for a 3-4 day weekend down South where you can bring the whole family to see the Tribe and also do some sightseeing. Charleston is a beautiful town. I don't know if we will ever see a pro Tribe crowd in Charleston like we got last year in Baltimore. This year, it looks like I will be coming for the whole tourney. Can't miss the chance to see all the people I met last year.

Is it a 3 yr deal like Baltimore was? Also, I'll take anything over the playing it on the home court of the top seed.
01-27-2016 10:25 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
This will cut down W&M fan support during the tourney. There are 10,000 Tribe supporters who live in the greater Washington area [with an easy commute to the tourney] and maybe 1,000 who live in the greater Charleston area.

On the other hand, Baltimore is a dangerous place to go these days so probably a very smart move by the CAA.
01-27-2016 10:28 PM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
62Indian:

Do you think that it will be unsafe during the tourney? I think we all are aware of the incidents during the baseball games downtown last year. Have there been more since then? I hate to say it, but in the world we live in now, incidents like that could happen anywhere. Charleston had its own horrible shootings last year, although the response in that community following it was for the community to come together to support those grieving and not with more violence. In our part of the state in Virginia near where LeadBolt and I reside, we had 2 senseless shootings as well.
That being said, I have been told that are parts of Baltimore that should be avoided but that has been indicated since I was a student at W&M almost 25 years ago now.
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
Charleston is a great city to visit. I would guess attendance will be down going that far south. Baltimore makes the most geographic sense, but as in the past when it never moved from Richmond, I am a fan of it rotating places. The folks that will be there will be there no matter where it goes, folks that dont care enough to want to go to the entire event who would make quick road trips, wont attend anyhow unless it was near their backyard. That is true of any area you put it. I think based on the fan bases and locations, it could be real tough to draw a good crowd, I would assume UNCW would have the largest following, but am not super familiar with the interest from general people in Charleston for basketball.
01-28-2016 06:16 AM
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RE: CAA Tourney moving to Charleston in 2017
As far as interest in Charleston they are one of only 3 schools ave more than 3000 in attendance. Only one school north of Va ave more than 2000(Del). Based on that I would say there is a lot more interest in Charleston than anywhere North of VA. Also the group that put this together and pays the CAA the guarantee brings a lot of major sporting events to the Charleston area. They rarely lose money on an event after paying the guarantee. I am sure they will be heavily promoting the tourney.
01-28-2016 07:32 AM
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