2010 Women's Final Four in limbo
The men’s Final Four returns to Baltimore next year. What about the women’s Final Four?
Towson, which enjoyed record attendance in three categories while hosting the women’s tournament this past weekend, did not initially submit a bid for the 2010 and 2011 events due to potential conflicts with the proposed construction of a 5,000-seat arena next to Johnny Unitas Stadium.
"We were anticipating being in construction of our new arena, and so we didn’t feel as though – with [construction affecting] one of our parking lots – that would be a good idea to try to host a large event such as women’s lacrosse," Nance Reed, Towson senior associate athletic director and tournament director of 2008 and 2009 Women’s Lacrosse Championships, said, adding that the school has since applied to be the host next year. "But for 2010, we know right now we won’t be under construction at that point. Maybe close to it, but not quite there."
Reed, who is a sitting member of the NCAA’s Sports Management Cabinet, said the panel is expected to discuss the site selection either before or during a conference call at end of June.
"We like to host championships," she said. "We think we’ve got some great facilities, especially Johnny Unitas Stadium, and we like to show it off."