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      ACC announces 2016 Men's Basketball Tournament will be held in Washington, D.C.

      GREENSBORO, N.C.- The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced today.

      This is big news for Syracuse Orange fans, so accustomed to a New York City conference tournament, in their future planning.

      The event now has a home for the next three years.

      Perhaps coincidentally, the next year that the ACC tournament does not have a home arena is 2017, and that is the year that the Big East's contract with Madison Square Garden runs out.

      "We are excited to bring the ACC Tournament back to the nation's capital in 2016," Swofford said. "Verizon Center is a tremendous showcase for our event, and the Washington, D.C. area is an appealing tourist destination for our member institutions, as well as the alumni and fans of our teams. We received a lot of positive feedback after our 2005 Tournament in Washington, and we look forward to duplicating that success in 2016."

      The 20,000-seat Verizon Center previously hosted the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Washington metropolitan area also welcomed the ACC in 1976, 1981 and 1987, when the tournament was held at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. The 14-game 2016 tournament will open Wednesday, March 9 and continue through Sunday, March 13.

      The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum is set to serve as host in 2014 and 2015.

      (Info from was used in this report)