Charleston lands college hoops tourney

Image by CofCSports.comImage by 20080718cougars.jpg The Charleston Classic will be held November 14-16 at the Carolina First Center in downtown Charleston.

The Charleston Classic, a 12-game basketball tournament created by ESPN, will be the first event held at the new Carolina First Center. It's scheduled for November 14-16, and so far the list of teams includes CofC, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Hofstra, Temple, Texas Christian University and Western Michigan. An eighth team hasn't been chosen yet.


The College of Charleston will move its home games to the Carolina First Center this year after playing 24 seasons at John Kresse Arena.

“We are thrilled that ESPN has chosen the City of Charleston and our new arena as the site for their new college basketball tournament,” said Joe Hull, Director of Athletics at the College of Charleston. “The tournament will offer fans the beauty of historic Charleston along with great shopping, fabulous dining, fun beaches, perfect weather and great basketball. The teams and their fans will love Charleston in November.”

“We are extremely excited to be selected as a sports travel destination for ESPN’s newest college basketball tournament,” said Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director, Charleston Metro Sports Council. “After six-plus years of developing a partnership with ESPN executives, the Sports Council leadership is eager to assist in hosting this top collegiate event. And with Charleston as a backdrop, we look forward to showcasing a new state-of-the-art arena and a multitude of other amenities for our first-time visitors.”

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