The Atlantic 10 men’s soccer championship will remain on campus at Davidson’s Alumni Soccer Stadium in Davidson, N.C., the league announced Friday.
The statement comes four days after the NCAA moved to relocate seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year because of “the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”
“The A-10 soccer championship is a conference event that rotates amongst member institution campuses and Davidson, which has stood consistent in strong opposition to HB-2, was awarded the site more than a year ago,” A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said in a statement Friday. “The league, with Davidson, has strong opposition to the legislation and clearly supports the rescission of this law.”
“The Atlantic 10 and its members maintain a commitment to the core ideals of diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, Davidson College has publicly stated its position on this issue and is committed to a safe, non-discriminatory campus environment,” McGlade said.
The A-10 added that it fully supports the NCAA in its effort to move neutral site championships awarded to the state through a bid process, and will consider the policy in future championship site decisions.
GW men’s soccer made the A-10 Championship last season for the first time in four years, entering as No. 1 seed and regular-season champions. Ousted in the first round by No. 8 seed VCU, the team was picked to finish fifth in the conference this fall.
The Colonials played nationally-ranked Wake Forest (No. 12) to a scoreless tie on Tuesday to move to 2-1-3 on the season.
Executive Director of Athletics Communications Brian Sereno said GW generally will not comment on A-10 decisions.
“Commissioner McGlade has a difficult job and we support her leadership,” Sereno said.
GW kicks off A-10 play on Oct. 1, hosting Fordham at 2 p.m. The A-10 Championship is scheduled for Nov. 10-13.