ACC Tournament moving to Tuesday-Saturday format in 2015
Posted May 13, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament will move to a Tuesday through Saturday format beginning in 2015, the league announced Tuesday.
The new schedule will feature semifinal games on Friday night at 7 and 9 p.m. and a championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
All 14 tournament games will continue to be televised nationally by ESPN and the ACC Network.
The league tournament final has not been held on a Saturday night since 1981, but the first 28 tournaments featuredSaturday title games.
“This is kind of a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night. This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans – and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen.”
Because of the earlier start to tournament play, the ACC's regular season will conclude on Saturday of the previous weekend. Three first-round games will be held on Tuesday, followed by four games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Greensboro Coliseum – site of 10 Saturday ACC Tournament finals from 1967 through 1980 – will play host to the event for the 26th time in 2015. The tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in 2016, followed by a two-year run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2017 and 2018.
The city of Charlotte, N.C., will host for the 13th time in 2019 when the ACC Tournament will be held at Time Warner Cable Arena, and the tournament will return to Greensboro Coliseum in 2020.