ACC eyes men’s basketball tournament in New York
Greensboro, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is considering New York as the next venue for its men’s basketball tournament in the future, according to a league’s official.
The ACC men’s basketball tournament will be held in Greensboro from 2013 up to 2015 but the conference is looking to bring the event to other venues.
Aside from New York, the ACC is also considering other cities to host the 2016-21 tournaments. Among them are Atlanta (Philips Arena), Charlotte, Greensboro, N.C., Tampa, Fla., and Washington D.C.
However, New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn did not submit bids when the deadline for the 2016-21 ACC passed in September.
Four cities — Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Atlanta (Georgia Dome) — have been eliminated from contention to host the event despite submitting their bids on time to host a tournament between 2016 to 2021.
The Georgia Dome, despite hosting two highest-attended conference tournaments in 2001 and 2009, was eliminated because of the ACC’s preference to place future tournaments in more traditional basketball arenas instead of domes.
Recently, league athletic directors, staff members and faculty advisers completed three days of the ACC’s winter meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Sources said Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the ACC, with Louisville and Notre Dame expected to join in 2014.