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Cleveland State University hosts an NBA G League franchise

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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CLEVELAND — On June 9, The Charge NBA G League team announced that they will begin playing home games in downtown Cleveland at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center in the 2021-22 season, which is expected to kick off in early November.

The team’s move to the Wolstein Center concludes a 10-year, nine-season stay at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, which served as the team’s first home venue after being acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.

“We want to thank Mayor Bernabei, the City of Canton and our Charge fans and partners for a decade of excitement at the Civic Center,” said Rock Entertainment Group CEO Len Komoroski. “When we acquired the franchise and relocated it here to Northeast Ohio, our goal was to create the best operation and experience in the G-League, both on the court and off. We’ve had success working towards both those goals and that remains our commitment and focus.”

The move to CSU ushers in a new era of Charge basketball in downtown Cleveland, accompanied by the development of a longer-term vision and partnership with CSU that can align with the evolution of their future venue plans as well.

The Charge’s move continues a trend in the G League of teams operating much closer to their NBA franchise home venues and training centers.

The Wolstein Center, located just blocks away from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, is home to the reigning Horizon League champion men’s basketball team and the WBI champion women’s basketball team.

The 13,000-plus seat arena also serves as a major concert venue and recently completed a 12-week run as Ohio’s first state-federal mass vaccination clinic, distributing more than 257,000 COVID-19 vaccines.

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