"There have been multiple formats discussed, including one with a Thursday through Sunday format," Brady said. "From the Visitors Bureau perspective, we would like to see a Thursday through Sunday format because you're making it more attractive for out of town people, who can see more of the tournament without missing more of their Monday through Friday responsibilities. That is a conversation that is continuing."
The WVC Tournament was played in Fairmont in 1935 before moving to Clarksburg one year later. It was moved to West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1940, and - with the exception of not taking place during World War II - remained in Buckhannon through 1959. The tournament went south to Charleston in 1960, where it has remained.
First-round games were played on campus sites until 1961 when the Civic Center hosted every round.
Beginning in 1995, first-round games were moved back to campus sites, where they remained until the league's disbanding last year. The women's first-round games were played on campus on Monday and the men's first-round games were Tuesday. The women's and men's quarterfinals at the Civic Center were played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively with the semifinals Friday and the championships Saturday. The Charleston Lions Club has served as tournament host every year in the capital city.
Although the deal has not been finalized, Civic Center Manager John Robertson said the choice is logical.
"It's been in Charleston since 1960, been a fixture here," said the 60-year-old Robertson, an alumnus of Morris Harvey College, which is now the University of Charleston. "It's a weeklong event, a collegiate event and an NCAA Division II event. There is some prestige with that.
"It, along with the other basketball we do, provides an opportunity for some diversity in our sporting schedule. I just think, because of tradition, it's important for us and the community."
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