Nov. 10, 2005
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The Atlantic 10 Conference will hold its 2007 and 2008 men's basketball championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by commissioner Linda Bruno.
"We are delighted to announce that the Atlantic 10's premier event will be held in one of the country's premier entertainment centers," says Bruno. "Atlantic City has undergone a tremendous revitalization in recent years, as anyone who has been here recently can attest. Boardwalk Hall, which has also undergone a remarkable renovation, is a beautiful venue for college basketball. The city offers our alumni and fans great family entertainment and the Atlantic 10 will keep up its end of the bargain by providing great basketball in 2007 and 2008."
"We are thrilled that the A-10 has recognized Atlantic City as a premier destination with a first-class venue," says Jeff Vasser, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. "Our location makes it convenient for most of the schools, fans and alumni to attend the tournament and guests will find our new dining, nightlife and shopping exciting. Boardwalk Hall has a long history of hosting a variety of sporting events and this tournament is helping us to fulfill our goal of showcasing Atlantic City as a must-play market."
Boardwalk Hall was dedicated on May 31, 1929. Known primarily as the home of the Miss America Pageant from 1940-2004, Boardwalk Hall was placed on the United States Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark on Feb. 27, 1987. Most recently, Boardwalk Hall underwent an extensive restoration and rehabilitation process. Begun in November 1998, the five-phase renovation cost $90 million and transformed Boardwalk Hall into a state-of-the-art special events arena under the auspices of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
Boardwalk Hall has hosted numerous athletic events, including world championship boxing, the New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships, professional tennis, college football, minor league hockey, and college basketball. Both Saint Joseph's and Temple played at Boardwalk Hall in 1996 and the facility will host Villanova this December.
Boardwalk Hall will be the 10th facility to host the Atlantic 10 Championship. Other arenas which have hosted the event are the Spectrum (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh Civic Arena, WVU Coliseum (Morgantown, WV), Rutgers Athletic Center, Meadowlands Arena, The Palestra (Philadelphia), Philadelphia Civic Center, UD Arena (Dayton, OH), and U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati, OH).
Dates for the 2007 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship are March 7-10. The 2008 A-10 Championship will be March 6-9. The 2006 A-10 Championship will take place March 8-11 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.