Carrier Classic not coming back to Yorktown in 2013

Published: Mar. 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM EDT
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Carrier Classic will not return to the USS Yorktown to open the college basketball season in 2013, according to Mac Burdette, the executive director at Patriots Point.

Burdette says the Patriots Point Board of Trustees met several times in the months since the Classic was canceled over weather conditions and decided as a group they would be moving forward without the event in mix at Patriots Point.

"We're not going to do it this year," said Burdette. "I won't say that we'll never do it again but if we were it would have to be something where all of the risk would be taken off of us."

Burdette says if he was approached by a major network, like ESPN, to host the event he says he would seriously think about the possibility.

Last November, the match-up between the then fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and Marquette Golden Eagles was called off when condensation on the court made it too dangerous for the players continue the game.

"Everybody saw what happened last fall," said Burdette. "We have so much going on at Patriot's Point this year to begin with that the amount of time that would have to be invested by our staff would be impossible."

Burdette and Morale Entertainment were in contract negotiations for a multi-year agreement that would bring the Classic back to the Yorktown for years to come in 2012, but those talks broke down as the risks of the game were weighed in more detail.

The executive director at Patriots Point says putting on the Carrier Classic was 'the hardest thing we've ever done' at the Yorktown but 'it also proved that we could put on the big event.'

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