Good news for Syracuse Orange fans who donâ??t want to have to get on a plane to watch the ACC Tournament live. The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that it will bring its tourney to New York City in March of 2017 and 2018.
The Barclays Center, home of the NBAâ??s Brooklyn Nets, will host the events. The ACC had been in negotiations with arena management to bring the tournament to Brooklyn, which is already contracted to host the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in 2015 and 2016.
In addition to the tournament dates, the ACC and A-10 announced they will play inter-conference doubleheaders at the Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
â??Itâ??s exciting to bring the elite ACC and its storied menâ??s basketball tournament history to Brooklyn,â?? said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark in a news release. â??Weâ??re looking forward to extending our Atlantic 10 partnership starting in 2019 through 2021 and creating competitive inter-conference doubleheaders with the ACC and the A-10. I want to thank ACC Commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade for their commitment to Barclays Center and to Brooklyn. Itâ??s clear that our position with both Conferences validates Barclays Center as the leading college basketball venue in the country.â??
The next two ACC Tournaments will be played in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2015 and Washington, DC in 2016 while the A-10 plays at the Barclays Center. The Virginia Cavaliers won this yearâ??s ACC Tournament, held at the Greensboro Coliseum.
â??We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018,â?? said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. â??Barclays Center has quickly emerged as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world and Brooklyn is a hot spot within the New York marketplace, which is an important part of our leagueâ??s new footprint. I appreciate the cooperation and ongoing relationship with Bernadette McGlade and I want to thank Brett Yormark for his tireless efforts as this is an outstanding opportunity for our players, coaches, alumni and fans that continue to support the ACC and our 15 member institutions.â??
Swofford noted at a Wednesday morning news conference that the ACC, with its roots in the South, already has a toehold in the "media capital" of New York, including its tie-in to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The Barclays Center opened on September 2012 and seats 17,732 for basketball.