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ACC: Postseason tourney headed to Brooklyn in 2017, 2018

Posted March 26

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.

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  • surveyguy Mar 27, 9:46 a.m.

    How ridiculous is this? Who is going to attend?

  • forddp Mar 26, 6:00 p.m.

    This whole ACC expansion and the accompanying changes sux.

  • cjw6105 Mar 26, 5:55 p.m.

    Since Swofford became ACC Comish, we've had the destruction of the Big East Conference, with its remnants being brought into the ACC and in the process killing off longstanding geographical rivalries, especially in the Big Four. Now they're going to move the ACCT from Tobacco Road to a faraway place that most average ACC fans can't even afford to visit, let alone spend any time.

    The ACCT, once THE ticket in sports, has become a general admission, wrung-out affair that is about as likely to draw as many fans to its first two rounds in NYC as the former Big East Conference Tournament would have drawn in Greensboro.

    The ACC has a growing credibility problem with its fans from the founding schools because of the new teams. If something isn't done to at least restore the long-time rivalries (i.e. Duke-State and UNC-WF play every year, not every decade in football, plus Big Four basketball rivalries are restored to home and away each season), $$ trouble looms big.

  • SoylentGreenIsPeople! Mar 26, 4:57 p.m.

    Would love to see it stay in Greensboro, but based on the empty seats, maybe moving around more couldn't hurt.

  • lewiskr45 Mar 26, 4:19 p.m.

    If you have it in Fla., BC and Cuse have too far to travel. DC is a great location.

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    The geographic center of the ACC, with Louisville included, is in south Virginia, just west of I-77. Unfortunately, the closest urban area is Winston/Greensboro. So fairness, travel wise, keeping the tournament in Greensboro is the best option. But rotating between cities throughout the ACC footprint is ideal from a fan perspective.

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 26, 4:12 p.m.

    If you have it in Fla., BC and Cuse have too far to travel. DC is a great location.

  • jdpridg Mar 26, 3:07 p.m.

    How many different ways can they rewrite the same article? Anyway, I think the location should... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    I agree. Find the most central location and roll with it there. Fans will go no matter where... View More

    — Posted by Elem-Teach

    Now there's a good idea. Rotate the sights between the big cities near the location. One year boston gets it, the next year Atlanta, etc. I could see a rotation working well *if planned properly*. If FSU and Miami have too far to travel, just wait til next year. Cuse and BC will have to travel more then. This is an area where I can see both sides, and I definitely agree that Greensboro just didn't seem right. Who knows. We may all be wrong and New York will dominate the ratings.

  • rduwxboy Mar 26, 2:26 p.m.

    Excellent decision. I mean really - Greensboro? Greensboro is not a destination. It's a podunk with a coliseum. This will be excellent for the ACC and advancement. For the naysayers, maybe you can have a bacca spitting contest.

  • HeadsUp Mar 26, 2:18 p.m.

    Very good move by and for the ACC in terms of fan fun, media exposure, and recruiting.

    Well done, Mr. Swofford & Co.

    Now go get Penn State!

  • kikinc Mar 26, 2:04 p.m.

    Syracuse fans always packed the Garden for the Big East tournament. I'm pretty sure all the Cuse fans will come to the Barclays Center. I don't think we have to worry about games not selling out.

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