ACC: Postseason tourney headed to Brooklyn in 2017, 2018
Posted March 26, 2014
As part of a continuing quest to expand its brand into the country's biggest media market, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday that its postseason tournament will leave Tobacco Road for Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2017 and 2018.
The five-day event will be held at the Barclays Center, a 17,732-seat arena that serves as the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.
League Commissioner John Swofford has signaled the northward move for months, and he said Wednesday that he's pleased with the future of the event.
“Barclays Center has quickly emerged as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world, and Brooklyn is a hot spot within the New York marketplace, which is an important part of our league’s new footprint," he said in a statement.
In an effort to get to New York City sooner, the ACC has also made an agreement with the Atlantic 10 Conference to hold a series of regular-season doubleheaders at the Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
“It’s exciting to bring the elite ACC and its storied men’s basketball tournament history to Brooklyn,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to extending our Atlantic 10 partnership starting in 2019 through 2021 and creating competitive inter-conference doubleheaders with the ACC and the A-10."
The A-10 was previously scheduled to hold its postseason tournament in Brooklyn through 2017, but the new agreement with the ACC will push the A-10 to either Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C., in three seasons, the leagues announced.
The ACC will play its tournament in Greensboro in 2015 and Washington, D.C., in 2016 before heading to the Big Apple.
The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March 1954. Greensboro Coliseum, which has become the unofficial home of the tournament, has hosted the event 25 times.