Barclays Center the New Home for the ACC Tournament
By Jason Schott
The Barclays Center will be the new home for the ACC Tournament, which marks a major victory for the arena, as they can now claim to host arguably the best college basketball conference in the country.
Barclays Center will host the ACC Tournament in 2017 and 2018, and continue to host the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in 2015 and 2016, and after the two years of the ACC, the A-10 will return a few years later, holding it in Brooklyn from 2019 through 2021.
The ACC and A-10 also showed their commitment to Barclays Center by announcing that they will play inter-conference doubleheaders in 2015, 2016, and 2017. The A-10 also has secured a spot for one of its teams to take part in the annual Brooklyn Hoops events at Barclays Center.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said at a press conference Wednesday morning, "It's exciting to bring the elite ACC and its storied men's basketball tournament history to Brooklyn. We're looking forward to extending our Atlantic 10 partnership starting in 2019 through 2021 and creating competitive inter-conference doubleheaders with the ACC and 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."
Yormark also declared, "It's clear that our position with both conferences validates Barclays Center as the leading college basketball venue in the country."
The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum will host it next year and Washington, D.C. will host it in 2016. The ACC is arguably the strongest conference in the country, boasting powerhouses Duke, North Carolina, and Syracuse, as well as Pitt, North Carolina State, Boston College, Notre Dame and Virginia.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said, "We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018. 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 league'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."
The Atlantic 10 Tournament has been held at Barclays Center the past two seasons, with Saint Louis winning it in 2013 and Saint Joseph's winning this year's tournament just over a week ago. Prior to that, it was held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said, "Playing the A-10 Championship in Barclays Center is fantastic, and securing a three-year extension is a great opportunity for the conference. Working in a collaborative way with Brett Yormark and John Swofford to negotiate a plan that is a win-win for all involved has been a good experience. This agreement that creates a scheduling partnership, the ability to play the A-10 Championship in other areas of our footprint and returning to the New York market is exciting, securing a solid future for the A-10."