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Weekend Warm-Up: Soccer, volleyball, basketball and much more

A nice hodgepodge of news items to send you into the weekend here on the GoMason Blog.

Just one Mason team in action at home this weekend, as the Patriot men’s tennis team is hosting its Fall Invitational on the RAC tennis courts on Saturday and Sunday. If you are making your way up the I-95 Corridor, be sure to stop in Philadelphia for men’s soccer’s two matches in the City of Brotherly Love. The Patriots take part in the Penn Soccer Classic, facing the host Quakers tonight at 8 and another Big 5 school, Villanova, on Sunday at noon.

The women’s volleyball team, meanwhile, is slightly farther north in New Brunswick, N.J., as part of the Rutgers Invitational. Mason is facing the Scarlet Knights tonight at 7, then face TCU and Princeton on Saturday afternoon. Finally, men’s cross country is off to New Market, Va., for JMU’s Invitational on Saturday morning.

Mason Madness is just over a month away and we know that even with that “other sport” starting up this weekend, hoops is on the brain for all Mason fans. As you may have heard elsewhere, the Patriot Center is going to be hosting the Washington Wizards’ preseason training camp later this month. From the Wizards’ official release:

“We’re thrilled that our fans will be able to take part in the official start of the season and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to reach out to potential new fans in Northern Virginia.”

There’ll be much more going on than just some layup drills. The Wizards are going to be putting on their own version of the “Madness,” with the first practice at midnight on Tuesday, September 28. They’re promising special giveaways and incentives for Mason students, so you’ll definitely want to be a part of it. The Wizards are making the short trip across the river to Fairfax for the first time after spending the last six seasons at VCU’s Siegel Center in Richmond. Can you blame them?

One final note to wrap up the week: after the visit by FIFA to Mason on Tuesday to scope out George Mason Stadium as a possible training site for the U.S. World Cup bid, the soccer world has taken notice of what Mason is offering. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati had plenty of kind words for the Patriots’ pitch:

“You saw a phenomenal facility: a world-class surface, a set of stands that can [provide] seclusion, almost perfect from what a national team would want around the World Cup.”

Well put, Mr. President.

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