AP source: ACC tourney to New York in 2017
The Atlantic Coast Conference is taking its men’s basketball tournament to New York.
A person familiar with the situation said Tuesday the league has completed a two-year deal to bring the tournament to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center starting in 2017.
The Atlantic 10 was scheduled to play its tournament there through 2017, but will move in exchange for playing an ACC/A-10 doubleheader at Barclays during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The A-10 tournament will then return to Barclays for three years starting in 2019.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league hasn’t publicly commented on the move.
The ACC and Atlantic 10 are scheduled to hold a news conference today at the Barclays Center to announce the deal. It wasn’t immediately clear where the Atlantic 10 will hold its tournament in 2017 and 2018, nor which teams from each conference would participate in the doubleheaders.
The ACC will hold next year’s tournament in Greensboro, N.C., home to the league headquarters, before going to Washington, D.C., in 2016.
The move to New York represents a shift from the ACC tournament’s Southern roots after years of conference realignment. Louisville’s arrival in July will mark the seventh former Big East school to join the 15-team league since 2004.
The ACC has primarily held its tournament in the state of North Carolina while rotating it through Atlanta, Landover, Md., Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla., during its 61-year history.
Commissioner John Swofford has talked publicly about holding the tournament in New York at least since 2011 when the league announced it would add Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the Big East. Those schools joined the ACC last summer along with Notre Dame, which joined in all sports except football.
Louisville will arrive after a one-year stay in the American Athletic Conference to replace Maryland, which is leaving for the Big Ten.
The Greensboro Coliseum has hosted the tournament 25 times, including earlier this month when longtime member Virginia won. The tournament originally was played in Raleigh at North Carolina State’s Reynolds Coliseum and has made 12 stops in Charlotte.