GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball tournament will likely move to Brooklyn in 2017, according to the Greensboro News & Record.
Greensboro Coliseum director Matt Brown told the News & Record that the tournament will likely be played at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn starting in 2017.
This year’s ACC tournament is already underway in Greensboro, and will stay there next year before then moving to Washington, D.C. in 2016.
Sports Illustrated says the ACC hopes to rotate the tournament between New York and North Carolina in the years to come.
Some have said the move up north is inevitable, and view the move as a marriage of the best league in college basketball with the country’s most prominent city and media market.
Despite the move to the Big Apple, the ACC has no chance of playing in the iconic Madison Garden in the immediate future, because the Big East is playing there through 2026.
Brown released the following e-mail statement to the media on Friday evening:
“It’s well known the ACC is exploring many options for future Men’s Basketball Tournament sites. In response to a question from the News & Record earlier this afternoon, my comment was intended to simply confirm my belief that future ACC Tournaments are likely to be played in New York City, not confirming speculation from previously published media reports.
The ACC member schools will of course determine all future Tournament sites.
We look forward to the remainder of what has been a great 2014 Tournament and having the event back again in Greensboro in 2015.”