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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.

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  • dmccall Mar 26, 8:53 a.m.

    This would be a better article if it didn't imply that the tournament was moving permanently to New York.

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 25, 2:54 p.m.

    All fans will make the trip. Its up to the teams to get better. UVA has. State has been to three straight tourneys. I would rather stay home and watch it anyway. Adding Cuse, Pitt, and Ville has put the ACC back on top again.

  • jmcdow2792 Mar 25, 2:27 p.m.

    Lets see the Big East tourney was always a sellout. Cuse, Ville, UNC, Duke will sellout the... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    What's fair about Cuse, Ville, Duke and UNC being the only fans? It is being done for TV and will become a TV event. The attendance will eventually suffer.

  • jdpridg Mar 25, 2:02 p.m.

    Fair, well Miami and Va won the last two ACC tournaments. Don't think the winner is determined... View More

    — Posted by lec02572

    It does feel a little like the southern guys are being slighted for this. I understand the main purpose is more money and more media exposure. I just have my doubts that it will actually play out that way. I'm sure it'll be better than Greensboro, but I think there are better options. I don't want to sound like it's doomed for failure. I don't know that. I just think maybe NY isn't the right place.

  • keeter Mar 25, 1:51 p.m.

    Its not fair that it be held in Greensboro with the expansion and you guys and gals know it.


    What's not fair is making us have to put up with all that "Northern Charm" and inflated prices in NY. Definitely going to be a shock for ACC fans who are used to manners and hospitality when they attended the tournament in the past.

  • lec02572 Mar 25, 1:48 p.m.

    Fair, well Miami and Va won the last two ACC tournaments. Don't think the winner is determined by where the games are played. NY not very convenient for Miami, FSU, GT, and Clemson fans. Oh, that's right they are not the main players, so that doesn't matter.

  • sburks1906 Mar 25, 1:23 p.m.

    This is GREAT for the ACC. More exposure = more $$$. #GoACC!
    http://theklowntimes.net/2014/02/26/times-are-good-for-the-acc/

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 25, 1:07 p.m.

    Lets see the Big East tourney was always a sellout. Cuse, Ville, UNC, Duke will sellout the Barclays also. Its not fair that it be held in Greensboro with the expansion and you guys and gals know it.

  • jdpridg Mar 25, 12:27 p.m.

    I understand it's the number one media market, but it's a pro-sport market. I seriously doubt large numbers of the ACC fans will make that trip, and the locals will likely be spending their money on NBA and NHL games. The ACC covers nearly the entire Atlantic coast which means a more centralized location would probably be better for traveling fans. I think maybe DC would be better. Oh well. I'm not a fortune teller. Maybe it'll work out ok.

  • baldchip Mar 25, 12:16 p.m.

    Booooo-hiss-bad move ACC!!!

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