“We’ve had a great deal of interest,” commissioner John Swofford said Wednesday at the league’s preseason media function. “I think you’d expect that in any circumstances, but particularly with a growing league .. and the fact that now we’ll be in nine contiguous states up and down the Eastern seaboard, and with
ACC athletic directors discussed future tournament sites earlier this month in suburban Boston at their annual fall meetings.
“My guess is in listening to the athletic directors (that) the next eight or 10 years will probably look somewhat similar to the past decade in which we had the tournament in
The ACC does not reveal bid cities, but sources have confirmed eight: Greensboro, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
The tournament has never been staged north of the Mason-Dixon Line, so Pittsburgh would be a unique venue and a nod to the conference’s northern tier: Syracuse,
And other northern sites could emerge, especially Brooklyn, N.Y., and the
Tampa in 2007 was the ACC tournament's lone foray into Florida, and reviews were tepid. But Orlando boasts a new NBA arena and the Disney connection, while Miami has the lure of South Beach.
With the building located in a walkable downtown such as Charlotte's, Orlando is arguably the most fan-friendly of the Florida candidates.
Washington staged the ACC tournament in 2005 and is a frequent
Last year's tournament was the sixth in Atlanta.
Feel free to weigh in, fans. Where would you like to see the tournament in years the league ventures beyond North Carolina?
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