A-10 tournament at Verizon Center
 3/13/2018 3:35:19 PM      Replies: 18

sw3/10/2018 8:10:25 PM

Attended the semis of the A-10 tournament today and I'm attending the final tomorrow. Can't emphasize how awesome it is the A-10 sold 95 pct of the lower bowl as general admission for $20 per session. I literally sat at center court in the 11th row. Those seats as Bullets tickets would have probably cost hundreds of dollars. Plus I saw two great games.



Great seats

Great games

Attendance was good for both games, fans were fired up

Lots of good merchandise at the merchandise table (though it was expensive)


Super expensive arena food, but that's not too surprising

Realizing how far behind GW is from the semifinal teams.


sw3/10/2018 8:11:11 PM

If the league is selling $20 lower bowl as GA, who are the fools buying the all-session tickets through the schools?

the dude3/10/2018 8:16:42 PM

GW beat St Joes.

brian paul3/10/2018 8:39:05 PM

You got to admire a guy who picks a sole issue, and sticks to it. Nice going, SW. Squeeze every nickle in your allowance before you spend it. 


sw3/10/2018 8:46:13 PM

"You got to admire a guy who picks a sole issue, and sticks to it. Nice going, SW. Squeeze every nickle in your allowance before you spend it. "


Yes, I spend my money wisely.

bigfan3/10/2018 9:13:19 PM

It a fair point by SW. Thought semis would be more.

Our tickets were more for play- ins.

But the pass wouldn' t make sense if they're selling $20 GA.

Over all,wish we had more games as tournament is 15 or so blocks from Smith Center.


the sons of liberty3/10/2018 11:02:02 PM

A10 has grossed $1.26 million in revenue thus far (tourney record). Previous record was last years tourney with $1.1, still have 3 more games to factor in too.


the dude3/11/2018 12:00:37 AM

Well that's good. Maybe keep it in DC, natural location for the tourney.


fredd3/11/2018 8:44:06 AM

The problem is not SW championing the fact that he likes to save money. Hell I’m glad he went showed up early to get good seats. Stayed for 2 games even though GW is long gone. He SUPPORTED the league GW is lucky to be in. 

The problem is that some comments on the board suggest that the money it takes to compete in college sports is readily or magically available from the “other” guy (And I’m not saying SW doesn’t grasp this) Look at where Xavier WAS when Vaughn Jones hit the layup to win when they were in the defunct MCC and where they are now. GW maybe in the shallow end but it’s the same talent pool on and off and he court as the Power 5. Are we the HOPING for a good AD who MIGHT have the resources to build a good athletic department OR does GW have enough to make that a reasonable expectation. Money

People like me should be happy to write a few checks before they cannot. Happy for anybody who shows up and cheers GW. However not to be a total Kum ba ya if you don’t donate and you bitch about the concessions etc that is cheap and mean.


buff and blue bandit3/11/2018 3:11:48 PM

We currently have a contract with Barclays for the next three seasons but we did turn over one of our last years in the previous contract to the ACC. 

If this was such a money maker for the league, I am wondering if they might try and trade the space in the future. Or if the Capital One Arena could be our next contract.

bigfan3/11/2018 11:13:35 PM

We could certainly accept such a deal.

gwsb143/12/2018 2:43:50 PM

Big Ten liked NYC. I'd give them our Barclays week in a heartbeat. DC a perfect location for this conference.

nj colonial3/12/2018 4:07:13 PM

Agreed, DC is a great fit for the A-10.  And when GW is back on top, it will be great for us!


bigfan3/12/2018 6:50:39 PM

Prefer not to erase the painful beatdown administered to us in the second half of the second A-10 game, capped by the injury to Yuta.

But a lot less painful to do it at Capital One.And looks like it really works for A-10 fans. The league could make money sellling it's slots and make more money than before by having it in Washington. Win-Win for the A-10.

And coincidentally, just fine for us.


the mv3/13/2018 10:54:59 AM

If the A10 grossed the most money ever from this year's tournament, that really is something.  Based on attendance, the lower bowl sections appeared to be anywhere from 5/8 full to 4/5 full, the club level sections were virtually empty and the upper sections were empty.  Given the proximity to GW, GM, VCU and Richmond, it's a logical venue to have it.  Yet I was surprised over the actual attendance which I thougght would have been greater.

buffblue3/13/2018 11:14:32 AM

As a native New Yorker as well as alum and strong supporter of the program, Barclays can be a great venue for the tournament, however, the issue is that it was and will be the same weekend as the Big East tournament at MSG, which is an institution in NYC and sucks all the oxygen out of anything else going on while it's here.  It was ridiculous these past few weeks with 3 of the Big 5 conference tournaments in town.  In 2019, the Big 10 is decamping back to Chicago and the ACC is out in favor of us. We could then potentially get some traction if the conference schedule could be pushed up a week and we would have the city all to ourselves that first weekend of March instead of the second.  We're not selling out Barclays, but it would certainly help with buzz.  It should be noted that if we did get our own weekend, only the Knicks/Rangers would be at home, and there would be nothing else sports-wise going on.  The problem we'll always have here is that Fordham is simply not a presence, and therefore neither is the A10.  There are a ton of alumni here - certainly from GW, but also from many other member schools - so if we could tap into that, it would be huge.  As always, regardless of location, it comes down to if the schools that travel well (VCU, St. Joe's, UD, Bona) advance deep into the tournament.  Otherwise, it's a crapshoot whether it's in DC, NYC, or some field in Iowa.  


nj colonial3/13/2018 11:47:46 AM

Good point BuffBlue, our alums have really tuned out in the recent past at Barclays for the A-10 tourney - lots of Colonials in NY, NJ and CT.

bigfan3/13/2018 3:35:19 PM

The mention of Iowa gives one the shakes.

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