Is the MAAC Basketball Tournament Looking to Leave Atlantic City, NJ?
The 2023 Hercules Tires MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships return to the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall from March 7th through 11th.
Last season, we were treated to an amazing tournament with St. Peter's not only cutting down the nets in Atlantic City, but they also made an incredible run in the NCAA Tournament, beating Kentucky, Murray State, and Purdue, before falling to North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
A tremendous crowd of over 14,000 filled Boardwalk Hall on Championship Saturday as the Peacocks knocked off Monmouth in the championship game.
But will the 2023 tournament be the final one in Atlantic City?
MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor sent out a tweet on Monday that suggested that that the league could be looking for a new home starting in 2024.
"MAAC ADs will review future @MAACHoops tourney locations for 2024-26," Ensor tweeted.
The 2023 version will be back starting on Tuesday, March 7, but its seems quite possible that it could be the final year of the MAAC in Atlantic City.
The MAAC has called Albany, NY; Springfield, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Trenton, NJ; Buffalo, NY; East Rutherford, NJ; and New Haven, CT, home since 1982.
Like the A-10 before it, which left to play at the Barclay's Center following the 2012 tournament, the MAAC could bolt the city to find a new home.
Hopefully, it's not the last tournament in Atlantic City.