After holding training camps at George Mason University for three of the past four seasons, the Wizards will move their camp back to Verizon Center this fall, a source confirmed. The news was first reported by Comcast SportsNet’s J. Michael.
The Wizards practiced at Mason’s Patriot Center facility in 2010, 2012 and 2013; during the lockout-shortened season of 2011, the league’s accelerated timetable forced them to remain at Verizon Center.
Patriot Center is operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Wizards. But the Wizards reconfigured their 2014 plans after the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel — a hotel on Mason’s campus — recently closed its doors. Rather than commute back and forth from Washington or find a nearby hotel, the team moved the entire training camp operation back to Verizon Center.
The team has typically had a practice session open to the public at the end of training camp; plans for such a session this season are not yet finalized.
Before moving to Patriot Center for training camp in 2010, the Wizards had been at VCU’s campus in Richmond for the previous six seasons.