Report: ACC, Barclays Center finalize tourney deal
Posted March 25
A deal to take the ACC Tournament to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. has been finalized and will be announced Wednesday, according to USA Today.
League Commissioner John Swofford has signaled the move for months, and the deal has been in its final stages since before the ACC Tournament began in early March.
The ACC will play its tournament in Greensboro in 2015 and Washington, D.C., in 2016 before heading to the Big Apple.
Swofford hinted during the most recent tournament that a move could be coming soon.
"We have a different footprint now, so moving to the north, like New York, is probably in the future," Swofford told Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99.9 FM The Fan. "They have amazing facilities there, but it depends on their availabilities."
The Atlantic 10 has a five-year deal to hold its tournament at the Barclays Center through 2017, but the ACC's deal will send the smaller league to either Pittsburgh or Washington, USA Today reported.
As part of the deal, the ACC and A-10 will hold a series of doubleheaders at the Barclays Center.
The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March 1954.