The Atlantic 10 Conference on Tuesday revealed the 2018 Men's Basketball Championship Logo in preparation for the league's marquee event to move to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Championship will be played March 7-11, 2018. The logo was revealed to the league's athletic directors and men's basketball coaches at the annual conference spring business meeting.
The primary championship logo features the United States Capitol dome, over the A-10 registered trademark logo and a basketball, with a base of 14 stars at the bottom, representing the 14 Atlantic 10 member institutions. The logo, which will be used on all promotional materials and will appear on the championship floor, was designed by Joe Bosack & Co.
“The 2018 championship logo represents the iconic imagery and history of our nation's capital with the familiar A-10 logo,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The unique design symbolizes the merging of a destination city within the A-10 footprint and a major college basketball championship in a first-class arena. Washington is a perfect location for our teams and fans and we are already preparing and excited for March, 2018.”
The league announced in September of 2014 that it had signed a one-year agreement to bring the men's championship to the Verizon Center as part of an effort to move the premier event around the footprint of the conference. The 2018 event will mark the first time Washington, D.C., will host the A-10 championship. The home arena for the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the AFL's Washington Valor, Verizon Center opened in 1997 and hosts on average 220 events per year. Verizon Center also has hosted a number of regular-season men's college basketball events and tournaments, including six NCAA Men's Basketball Championship events, two of which were regional rounds.
“We're excited to bring the A-10 Championship to the nation's capital and to Verizon Center for the first time,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment president of venues David Touhey. “With several conference schools in the area, it's a great opportunity to showcase all that the city has to offer – from food to sports to live entertainment.”
All 14 teams play in the five-day A-10 championship, which was played in PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh in 2017 and Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center 2013-16. The event will return to Barclays Center for three years starting in 2019.
About the Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 and consists of 14 diverse members across eight states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The basketball-centric conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.
About Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to four professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the AFL's Washington Valor, NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics. MSE also oversees management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's EagleBank Arena. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team, Verizon Center sits at the heart of a $9.2 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 19 years ago when the arena opened.