A10 Conference Unveils 2018 Basketball Championship Logo -

NAPLES, Fla. —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 the heart of the nation’s capital. The logo was revealed to the league’s athletic directors and men’s basketball coaches at the annual conference spring business meeting.

The Atlantic 10 will also make a select number of tickets for the 2018 Championship available for presale today through Thursday, May 25 at 10:00 am. This special presale includes a 10 percent discount and must be purchased through Ticketmaster. Link to purchase:

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, 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.