ACC tournament headed to Washington, not New York

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 13, 2013 

New York will have to wait a little longer for the ACC tournament.

The conference announced Wednesday it will play the men’s basketball tournament in Washington in 2016, after a months of speculation it would try to replace the Big East’s annual showcase at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn was also a possibility, with the ACC adding three more former Big East members this year in Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.

Instead, the ACC, which will lose Maryland to the Big Ten after this basketball season, will host its 15-team, five-day tournament at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington.

The ACC tournament will be played in Greensboro this season and again in 2015.

It will be the fifth time the tournament will be played in the D.C.-area, with the most recent stop in 2005.

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