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Wizards move training camp to George Mason's Patriot Center

The Wizards made it clear immediately following the draft that they planned on moving training camp closer to home and away from Richmond. On Wednesday, Coach Flip Saunders verified a long-held assumption that the team was swapping the campus of Virginia Commonwealth for George Mason when he told season ticket holders that the Wizards would begin training camp on Sept. 28 at Patriot Center. Saunders confirmed his comments and that the decision has been finalized in a text message.

Patriot Center falls under new owner Ted Leonsis's Monumental Sports and Entertainment umbrella. The Wizards trained on the VCU campus in Richmond for the previous six seasons, but Leonsis wanted to have training camp closer to Washington to give fans a better opportunity to attend practices and scrimmages. Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in June, "We loved Richmond, it was a very good situation."

But aside from being a two-hour drive away, Saunders added that having training camp far from home made it difficult for a team that already has to spend most of its preseason schedule on the road. The Wizards will host two of their seven exhibition games at Verizon Center this season, but open the preseason in Dallas on Oct. 5.

By Michael Lee  |  August 18, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
 
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Yes! Now I get to attend.

Posted by: DaleGribble | August 18, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

This is further good news from Ted Leonsis, moving camp closer makes it easier to get coverage for training camp. Also their will be 2 games at Verizon instead of one in Richmond and one here.

Surprised that the first game is not at the Patriot Center.

Posted by: zxhoya | August 18, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards are starting to make a lot more sense under new management. Rather refreshing. Hopefully, as well as more than likely, this should parlay into better results during the season.

Posted by: Theone9 | August 19, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Any improvement in management would be welcomed. I think that Enie had a pretty free reign with Abe not well. EXAMPLE.. The team should have kept their very high draft
choice from last year...we see how that worked out. ARE ANY STIL REMQINING..IF SO..2ILL THE STILL BE THERE AT TIP OFF? This team wasn`t going to challenge for anything last year..before the seaSon began.

Successful teams build primarily through the draft..to acquire core players.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 19, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

O please....we are talking about NBA training camp, not the NFL. Richmond is less than 2 hours away and we are talking about the Wizards here. I went to VCU, Class of 2008, and did not attend one training camp open invite. AND I'M A WIZARDS FAN!!

Basically, the team just sucks so there was no reason to was time watching some bums scrimmage each other and play a another scrub basketball team in a preseason game!! This was a bad move on Ted's part though. There are only about 3 sessions that are open to the fans. And having the preseason in Richmond gave fans in the Richmond area a chance to see the Wiz play closer to their home.

This is terrible public relations on the Wiz part!!

Posted by: psock1 | August 19, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap about (fair-weather) fans in Richmond? The Patriot Center is a mile away from my house and I'm going to be there for any open sessions.

Posted by: zinger1 | August 19, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap about (fair-weather) fans in Richmond? The Patriot Center is a mile away from my house and I'm going to be there for any open sessions.
Posted by: zinger1 | August 19, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'll be there too. I'm right over in Centreville, so the GMU campus in Fairfax is literally right down the road. Count me in to attend the open practices.

Posted by: TDAV | August 19, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

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