ACC Tournament heads to Barclays Center in New York
FILE - In this March 16, 2014, file photo, members of the Saint Joseph's team hold the championship trophy after an NCAA college basketball game against VCU in the championship round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at the Barclays Center in New York. 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. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Pitt will return to the Big Apple to play postseason basketball.
The ACC announced Wednesday that it will play its annual postseason men's basketball tournament at Barclays Center in New York in 2017 and '18.
The move had been expected after the conference added Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame for this season.
“Playing the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn and the Barclays Center will be great for our fans, alumni and players,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “New York is a short drive for our fan base, and we've had much success in the area at both the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. Every time we play there, it seems like our fans outnumber the opposition's.”
Since the inaugural event in 1954, the ACC tournament has been held in seven cities, including North Carolina locations in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte.
New York will be the northern-most site.
This year's ACC Tournament was played in Greensboro, also site of the 2015 tournament. It moves to Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in 2016 before moving to New York City borough of Brooklyn for two years.
“It was very evident (ACC coaches) had a very high level of interest of playing in New York,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “It was just a case of finding something that was workable and available.”
The Atlantic 10, which was scheduled to play its postseason tournament at Barclays Center in 2017, agreed to relinquish the site in exchange for playing an ACC/A-10 doubleheader at the arena during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
The A-10 Tournament will be at Barclays in 2015 and '16 and will return there in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
“The bottom line is a positive, strategic move for the Atlantic 10,” Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said. “Relinquishing that last year (2017) allowed us to secure another three years after that.”
Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said the conference is open to playing the 2017 and '18 tournaments in A-10 cities. Potential locations could include Philadelphia, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. It also could include Charlotte, N.C., a 20-minute drive from Davidson, which joins the conference next season.
“From our standpoint, it would be tremendous to have the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Pittsburgh,” Amodio said.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JHarris_Trib.
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