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ACC Tournament officially moving to Brooklyn in 2017, '18

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The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be home of the ACC Tournament in both 2017 and 2018, the conference officially announced Wednesday.

Rumors had swirled since the ACC Tournament that the conference was looking to move its championship to New York. On Wednesday the Barclays Center announced a two-year agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference and an extension with the Atlantic 10 Conference to host their tournaments there through 2021.

The ACC Tournament will be in Greensboro in 2015 and Washington, D.C, in 2016, before moving the the Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018. The ACC Tournament has never been held north of Washington.

"We are pleased that the ACC Basketball Tournament will be played at Barclays Center in 2017 and 2018," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "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."

While a move to New York is a major change from the tournament's Southern roots, it's also a play to solidify the fan bases from Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame, the new additions to the league.

North Carolina State University Coach Mark Gottfried said that while his teams have "grown to love the Greensboro tournament experience," he feels the move to New York will be important for the ACC's growth.

"I do feel strongly that the New York presence for the ACC will additionally elevate the perception of our league being the most exciting basketball conference in the nation," Gottfried said.

As part of the new agreement, the ACC and the A-10 will play inter-conference doubleheaders at Barclays Center in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The A-10 will continue to hold its conference tournament at Barclays Center in 2015 and 2016 and then return to the venue for three years in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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