The deal is done, and the ACC tournament is coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for 2017 and 2018, according to a news release from the ACC.
"We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018," ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "Barclays Center has quickly emerged as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the world and Brooklyn is a hot spot within the New York marketplace, which is an important part of our league's new footprint."
Currently, the Atlantic 10 hosts its postseason tournament at the Barclays Center and had been under contract with the venue to host it there through 2017. The ACC will play its conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., in 2015 and Washington, D.C., in 2016. But after adding new members this season (Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame), the ACC had been eyeing New York City. Coaches and school officials have been talking about the possibility for more than a year. With Madison Square Garden locked up in a long-term deal with the Big East, the ACC turned its attention toward the Barclays Center.
The Atlantic 10 will move its postseason tournament out of Brooklyn for 2017-2018 and return to the Barclays Center from 2019-2021, according to the ACC. The ACC said there will be a series of ACC-A-10 doubleheaders at the Barclays Center.
The A-10 is looking at possibly moving its tournament to Washington, D.C., or Pittsburgh for 2017-18, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports earlier this month.