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.
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