It look like the Atlantic Coast Conference will hold their 2015 Men’s Basketball Tournament for one last time Greensboro, N.C., home to the league headquarters. Starting in 2016 the ACC tournament will head to Washington, D.C. and the Verizon Center.
Then there will be a new two year deal that will take the tournament to Brooklyn and the Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018 with the strong possibility that the league will be back in Washington in 2019 and 2020.
The announcement will be made today when ACC commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade are scheduled to hold a news conference at the venue this morning with Barclays Center chief executive officer Brett Yormark.
According to the Associated Press the ACC was able to broker a deal with the Atlantic 10, who has a long term deal with the Barclays Center to be their tournament home. The Atlantic 10 was scheduled to play its tournament there through 2017, but will move in exchange for playing an ACC/A-10 doubleheader at Barclays during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The A-10 tournament will then return to Barclays for three years starting in 2019.
Both Washington and Philadelphia have been in talks with the A-10 about hosting their tournament in 2017 and 2018 while the ACC is in Brooklyn.
The ACC knows that they must move the tournament to areas that will allow for all members of the conference fan base to attend the games. One concern that Boston College, Syracuse, Pitt and soon to join the league, Louisville had about the ACC tournament was that it always favored Duke and North Carolina because it was easy for both teams and their fans to pack the tournament sites.
So the ACC has been looking at more travel friendly big media market spots which is why both New York and Washington are now on the tournament list.