As someone who considers
Not as a permanent or even frequent venue, mind you. The ACC’s core always has been, and will be,
But an occasional ACC tournament at an
Warren Harris, Virginia Beach's director of economic development, mentioned the possibility Tuesday during a proposal to city council on a $350-million, 18,500-seat facility. He said city officials met last winter with ACC representatives to discuss the arena project.
Solicited by The Meridian Group, a marketing and public relations firm working with Virginia Beach, ACC commissioner John Swofford even provided a statement for Harris' slide presentation.
“The ACC’s footprint will soon stretch across nine contiguous states and as we look ahead we certainly welcome quality venues to consider as host locations for our conference championships and tournaments. We have two conference members — University of Virginia and
“Nine contiguous states” has been a Swofford mantra since the league voted to add
The conference’s signature event, its men’s basketball tournament, has always been rooted in North Carolina, home to four of its schools.
Since, the tournament has also traveled to Atlanta six times, Landover, Md. three, and Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla., once each.
The next three tournaments are booked for Greensboro, and the ACC already has closed bids for 2016-21. Orlando, Fla., home to the NBA’s
Clearly the Newport News-based A-10, another possible tournament tenant for Virginia Beach, wasn’t deterred by competition with the Big East. Not sure how the ACC and television partner
Boston’s NBA/NHL arena is another intriguing possibility. Comcast-Spectacor, the sports-and-entertainment Goliath driving the Virginia Beach proposal, owns the venue shared by the Philadelphia Flyers and
Anyway, if Virginia Beach built an arena, the soonest it could host an ACC tournament is 2022. The adjacent Convention Center would be ideal for the conference’s Fan Fest, and
During his presentation to council, Harris mistakenly called Swofford "Jim," but the commish won't mind if Virginia Beach cuts the ACC a sweet deal.
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