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ACC Tournament heading to Washington in 2016

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The 2016 ACC basketball tournament will be held at Washington's Verizon Center, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday.

"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 move is a bit of an irony for the ACC, since this will be the University of Maryland's final season in the conference.

The 20,000-seat Verizon Center previously hosted the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Washington metropolitan area also had the tournament in 1976, 1981 and 1987, when the tournament was held at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.  The 14-game 2016 tournament will open Wednesday, March 9 and continue through Sunday, March 13.

The ACC Tournament has been held in seven different cities and 11 venues since the inaugural event in March of 1954. The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum is set to serve as host in 2014 and 2015.

The ACC is hoping to put a future tournament in New York City, but has made no announcements on that yet.

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