The ACC men's basketball tournament could be headed to the city that never sleeps.
The ACC is pursuing holding a future men's basketball tournament in New York City, according to an ESPN report. While the deadline to bid for the 2016-21 ACC Tournament has come and gone without a bid from either New York's Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, the league is considering other options based on the league's changing membership.
Besides New York (yes!, but don't make it a thing), the other cities being considered to host in 2016-21 are:
-- Atlanta (Philips Arena) - OK
-- Charlotte - Yep
-- Washington D.C. - Definitely
-- Tampa - No
-- Greensboro - 1000x No
The 2013-15 ACC men's basketball tournaments will be held in Greensboro, and hopefully never again after that. Soon with 15 members from Boston to Indiana and South Florida, in my opinion the conference has outgrown its quaint Carolina home. The conference needs to put this event in a major Eastern city easily accessible by air, particularly as the event expands to all 15 programs in 2014 with the additions of Notre Dame and Louisville.
Four sites which submitted a bid to host the tournament between 2016-21 have been eliminated:
-- Miami - cool
-- Orlando - uh huh
-- Pittsburgh - right on
-- Atlanta (Georgia Dome) - The conference wants to play in an actual basketball arena, not a dome. And I'm cool with that.
I'm still sticking with my plan to rotate the ACC Tournament among these four major cities -- New York (MSG or Barclays), Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Atlanta (Philips Arena) -- over a four year span. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.