The availability of the MAAC tournament for a single facility to host for a three-year block (2012-14) wasn't the only basketball news to come from the league's Council of Presidents meetinging.
That group discussed plans to make the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, both at Albany's times Union Center, more of a neutral environment.
The facility serves as the home court for the Siena men's team during regular-season play, and traditionally retains a strong Saints' flavor during the tournament.
The league hopes that adding additional team purchase options for seats within the center court sections of the arena's lower bowl will help create a more neutral environment. In other words, some Siena ticket holders who have center court section seating for regular-season games will be displaced for the tournament.
"It's actually to the area's benefit to have the arena become a more neutral setting," said Ensor. "Presidents of our individual schools don't want the event always to be played in a hostile environment for their teams."
Hostile environment, or not, Siena has only captured the MAAC tournament title twice in the 13 years the event has been played in Albany.
The league will also offer a maximum of six "premium" courtside seats to each of the 10 participating schools. It will also change signage around the top of the facility's mid-court scoreboard and at entrance doors and windows to reflect a MAAC flavor.
"We'll take out anything that has a Siena look to it both on the court and around it for the tournament," added Ensor.
Ensor also indicated that ticket sales for the 2009 event are ahead of 2008 sales thus far.
"I don't know exact numbers, but we have more money in the bank (for the 2009 event) than we did at this point last year," he said.