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Charge bails on Canton, will play in Cleveland

CANTON –The Canton Charge NBA G League franchise announced on Wednesday that it will not renew its lease with the Canton Memorial Civic Center and will move home games to Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center starting with the 2021-22 NBA G League season.

The move to the Wolstein Center concludes a 10-year, nine-season stay at the Civic Center in Canton, which served as the first home venue for the team after the franchise was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, relocated from New Mexico and began play in Canton as the Charge in 2011.

The Charge played a greatly abbreviated slate of games in Orlando, Florida as part of the NBA G League “bubble” season in February and March of 2021.

“I am, of course, disappointed that the Charge will no longer be playing in Canton. We had open and professional conversations with Charge management about extending their lease and staying,” said Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei. “However, their move is stimulated by a desire to be in much closer proximity to the Cavaliers’ core center of operations. We worked hard at keeping them here, but I appreciate their openness in our conversations, respect their decision and sincerely wish them well. We also appreciate their continued commitment and expansion of youth and community programming and support here. We thank them for an exciting run at the Civic Center and will remain Charge and Cavs fans.”

The move to Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Wolstein Center follows a trend in the G League seeing teams continuing to operate much closer to their NBA franchise home venues and training centers. Recent examples of this are present in Washington and Detroit and more than half of the teams in the G League are now located closer than 30 miles from their NBA parent club’s game arenas and training and development facilities. The role and importance of the G League within the NBA development landscape continues to expand as close to 60 percent of players now in the NBA have played in the G League.

The Charge will now be able to practice at both Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Cleveland Clinic Courts, as well as utilize the extended facility and treatment benefits present at both locations.

“We’re very thankful for the seasons we played at the Civic Center in Canton. We enjoyed some truly special moments there with our players, staff and fans alike,” said Charge General Manager Brendon Yu. “As we look to the future, we’re very pleased to now be able to continue the growth of the Charge at the Wolstein Center. The proximity to Cleveland Clinic Courts and Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse creates an enhanced synergy between the two teams and will foster even greater personnel development that will be very impactful for us.”

Further details on the team name, logos and merchandise information will be announced in the near future. Current Charge season ticket holders will be contacted directly by the team with several options for the upcoming season. The NBA G League season schedule will be announced later this summer and new season ticket membership information, partial ticket plans, group experience packages, fundraising programs and youth basketball package information will be announced in the near future. Single game ticket on-sale dates, including promotional, theme and giveaway schedules will be announced later in the summer after the schedule is released.

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