Big news out of Greensboro this afternoon, as the league announced that the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center. The 14-game 2016 tournament will be played from Wednesday, March 9 to Sunday, March 13.
"We are excited to bring the ACC Tournament back to the nation's capital in 2016," Swofford said. "Verizon Center is a tremendous showcase for our event, and the Washington, D.C. area is an appealing tourist destination for our member institutions, as well as the alumni and fans of our teams. We received a lot of positive feedback after our 2005 Tournament in Washington, and we look forward to duplicating that success in 2016."
The Verizon Center previously hosted the event in 2005. Washington D.C. has also been home to the conference's men's basketball tournament in 1976, 1981 and 1987.
The conference's men's basketball tournament will remain in Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum for two more years -- 2014 and 2015 -- before moving to D.C. Hopefully the move to the Nation's Capital signals that the conference is willing to move this event around among the major cities in the conference's footprint going forward (read: anywhere but Greensboro).
Washington D.C. is no New York, but it'll do.