|Charlotte to Host A-10 Cross Country, Baseball|
For only the second time in school history, the Charlotte 49ers will host their conference baseball tournament. The Atlantic 10 Conference announced its tournament schedule and future rotation at the conclusion of the annual spring meetings.
This coming year, the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Charlotte and held at nearby Frank Liske Park in Concord.
"We are very excited about have the opportunity to host the Atlantic 10 championships at nearby Frank Liske Park," Cross country head coach Ed Schlichter said. "It will give the conference an intimate venue that will be an instant fan and athlete favorite."
"I am a firm believer that we provide a great championship atmosphere in Charlotte," said Charlotte Director of Athletics Judy Rose.
Charlotte will announced as a host the 2013 A-10 Baseball Championship. The only other time Charlotte hosted a conference baseball tournament was in 1995 as a member of the Metro Conference.
"Our athletic department does a good job hosting events," said Charlotte head baseball coach Loren Hibbs. "We have a wide range of experience hosting NCAA tournaments as well as multiple A-10 Championships including Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field and Volleyball. Baseball has now been added to the list and I expect our department to do another outstanding job with the hosting of this event."
The conference office made it a priority for the Athletics Directors to submit bids for moving the championships back to campuses, after five years of holding the tournament at neutral sites. Fordham will host the 2012 tournament, with Charlotte garnering the 2013 site and Saint Louis taking on the 2014 championships. Those are the only three baseball sites in the conference with lights.
Fordham was the last campus host of the A-10 Championships in 2006, Charlotte's first year as a member of the league.
"We have one of the best baseball facilities," said Rose. "We have enjoyed strong fan support for our baseball program and we look forward to hosting fans from other A-10 schools that make the trip to support their teams. We decided to bid on 2013, because in 2012 we will be up against construction at the nearby football stadium site."
"It is good for our league and for our student-athletes that Charlotte will serve as host to the 2013 A-10 Baseball Championship," added Hibbs. "I think the tournament will be well-received by the community and 49er fans."