WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three premier men’s NCAA Division I college basketball events will be held at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington through March 2020.
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, will host the events, bringing top athletes, fans and alumni from around the country to compete in DC.
The first two events in 2019 serve as the road to the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship (CAA) in March 2020, bringing ten CAA member programs to DC across four days of tournament play.
“The Entertainment and Sports Arena and its surrounding neighborhood are truly becoming a new sports and entertainment district for the greater Washington, D.C. area, and hosting 12 different NCAA Men’s Division I basketball programs, plus all 10 CAA member schools will allow our residents and visitors to see some of the best in college basketball,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC.
The first event, Battle for the Capital, was held on Nov. 22 and 23. The second annual Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest will return to the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Dec. 20 – 22.
The 2019 edition features eight universities; University of Akron, University of William & Mary, Tulane University, Radford University, Richmond University, Towson University, Liberty University and Saint Francis University. The three-day event will include a tournament-style format, followed by a four-team doubleheader on Dec. 22.
From March 7 – 10, 2020, Events DC will host the CAA Men’s Basketball Championships at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, bringing the tournament back to the DC region for the first time since 1986.
Six of the CAA’s 10-member schools are located within 250 miles of Washington, DC, providing a central location for the championship and the nearly 400,000 alumni from CAA institutions that reside within 100 miles of the District.
The tournament semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and the champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The agreement between Events DC and the CAA will bring the tournament back to DC through 2022.
FloSports is providing live and on-demand content and coverage for the Battle for the Capital and the Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest. For more information on the upcoming events, visit battleforthecapital.com, dcholidayhoopsfest.com and caasports.com.