Last summer, there was a fair bit of discussion regarding the future of the ACC men's basketball tournament. Several coaches, including Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski, and Roy Williams, all expressed an interest in holding the tournament in New York City. Even ACC Commissioner John Swofford weighed in on the conversation saying:
"From everything we can gather talking to people in and around New York, Brooklyn generally speaking is very trendy, very hot and attractive right now and only is projected to become more so, and part of that is related to Barclays Center. There’s a subway stop that empties right at the building itself."
As such, it should come as no surprise that the ACC is reported to be finalizing details for a multi-year agreement to play its postseason tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. According to Pete Thamel at Sports Illustrated, the initial deal would be a two year agreement.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is finalizing details for a multi-year agreement to play its postseason tournament at the Barclays Center. The details are expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to multiple sources.
The ACC desires a two-year agreement that could start as early as 2017, the next uncommitted year for the ACC Tournament. (The ACC plays in Greensboro in 2015 and in Washington DC in 2016).
While the Barclays is not Madison Square Garden, holding the ACC tournament in New York City can't be a bad thing. This would also be the first time in its 60+ year history that the ACC basketball tournament has been held outside of the state of North Carolina in consecutive seasons.