WASHINGTON D.C. — UPDATE @ 8:25 PM:
George Washington University released the following statement on Sunday’s game against the Dayton Flyers.
“Sunday’s game was moved out of the District of Columbia in anticipation of road closures and other security measures like parking restrictions in place throughout the city. The venue change was made in coordination with the Atlantic 10 Conference, for the safety, care and efficiency of all personnel involved in the game.”
Sunday’s road game for the Dayton Flyers at George Washington University in Washington D.C. has been moved to a new location and will be played at a different time, according to social media posts from the schools.
The game was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at George Washington’s Charles E. Smith Center. However the game will now be played at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, the home of fellow Atlantic 10 Conference member George Mason, about 20 miles west of George Washington’s campus.
The game will also tipoff at 4:30 p.m. and will air on 1290 and 95.7 WHIO while the TV broadcast airs on NBCSN.
No official reason has been given for the change, however potential concerns ahead of the Presidential Inauguration next week could be the explanation.
GW’s home game against the University of Massachusetts Amherst was postponed last Wednesday due to the curfew in Washington D.C. after the riot and unrest at the U.S. Capitol.
The Charles E. Smith Center is only blocks west of the White House and is also within walking distance to the National Mall and Capitol.
A UD athletics spokesperson declined to comment on the time and venue change and deferred comment to the Atlantic 10 Conference. A conference spokesperson has not responded to requests from News Center 7 for information.
The Flyers return to action tonight at home against Duquesne with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
We’ll update this story as we learn more.