CAA Press Release
The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) has announced the future sites for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 CAA Women’s Basketball Championships.
All three tournaments will be held at campus locations. James Madison University will host the 2017 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, Drexel University will host in 2018, and the University of Delaware will host in 2019. The specific dates will be announced at a later time for the four-day, nine-game event.
“We are excited to bring our showcase women’s basketball championship back to campus to be played in front of our most loyal fans,” said CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager. “The annual site selections are designed to help promote women’s basketball throughout the conference creating exciting experiences for our teams and fans. We’ve had a tremendous run at the Show Place Arena and look for that success to continue on campus.”
The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship has been conducted at 10 different sites over the league’s 31 years. The tournament was last held on campus in 2010 before moving to the Show Place Arena in 2011, where it has entertained fans for the last five seasons.
James Madison has hosted the CAA Championship on six occasions, with the last time coming in 2010. Delaware hosted the CAA Championship in 2007 and 2008. This will be the first time Drexel has hosted CAA postseason action.
“We are excited to host the 2017 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship at JMU. We will work diligently to continue our reputation for hosting first-class events and creating a memorable experience for the student-athletes who are competing for a championship,” said Jeff Bourne, James Madison Director of Athletics. “As we showed when we last hosted in 2009 and 2010, I’m confident that the fan support and interest in this event will be significant.”
“We believe that our campus is well positioned to host this tournament and that the city of Philadelphia will serve as a great media, entertainment, and transportation hub for our fans and teams,” said Dr. Eric Zillmer, Director of Athletics at Drexel University. “At Drexel we have competed in women’s basketball for over 100 years and we have made steadfast commitments to gender equity. Thus, we are very proud to be the host for the 2018 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship.”
“The University of Delaware and the state of Delaware are excited about hosting our fellow CAA members to the UD campus and the First State for the 2019 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship,” said Dr. Matthew J. Robinson, Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Delaware. “We plan on offering a first-class experience for the student athletes and coaches as well as their fans.”