GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Both fans and city leaders are soaking up another year of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro this week before it leaves the city for the next four years.
Teams will head to Washington D.C. in 2016, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2017 and 2018, and Charlotte in 2019. It will be back in Greensboro in 2020.
“You can actually feel the energy from the court when you’re sitting this close. It’s just amazing,” described Jerry King Monday. He and his son have visited Greensboro from Virginia for three years in a row now to cheer on Duke.
They hate to see the tournament leave the Piedmont. “To me, personally, it’s sad because it’s closer to home here. It’s always been the ACC close to Greensboro for so long.”
He and other fans FOX8 spoke to said they may be able to swing a trip to D.C., but traveling to New York was less likely.
Henri Fourrier with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau pointed out it will be a financial loss to the city too.
“It’s going to be hard to replace an event of that magnitude,” he explained. “It brings in about $25 million plus the exposure of our area on national television.”
Fourrier said, “We might not get a single event as big as the men and women’s ACC Tournament, but we might get some smaller ones that come in like youth basketball and some religious groups perhaps.”
He said tourism in Greensboro and Guilford County alone brings about a billion dollars into the economy annually. $26-28 million of that total are local taxes going into the general fund to run the city and county, he explained.
“That’s significant savings to help us all,” Fourrier added.
He said N.C. A&T Homecoming is another big money-maker in the city every year and the Aquatic Center continues to bring in around $40 million annually. Market America’s August convention is a boost too.
“It all helps keep restaurants afloat and stimulates our business.”