Next year's ACC basketball tournament will look more like the old Big East basketball tournament as the conference continues to expand to reflect more of its members' make-up and less like a regional conference. In accordance with the membership's current growth, the ACC Tournament championship game will be played Saturday night in prime time (8:30) rather than Sunday afternoon. The semi-finals will take place on Friday with the first game starting at 7 p.m. and the second game following.
“This is kind of a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our conference,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night."
The tournament's three first round games will begin on Tuesday and the four second round games will be on Wednesday. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday. All 14 games will be televised on ESPN and the ACC Network.
"This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans," Swofford said. "We greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen.”
Next year will mark the sixty-second ACC tournament. The conference championship game has not been played on Saturday night since 1981. The conference regular season will now end on the Saturday before tournament week.
Next year's ACC Tournament will be held in Greensboro, N.C. The following year, it will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. In 2017, and 2018, the tournament will shift to New York City and will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Tournament will then shift back to North Carolina and take place at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte in 2019, and back to Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. in 2020. It will be the twenty-seventh time that the Greensboro Coliseum will host the tournament and the thirteenth appearance in Charlotte.
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