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Atlantic Coast Conference to reveal locations for future championships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WGHP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is set to reveal the planned locations for future ACC Championships.

ACC officials are scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Bank of America Tower in Charlotte.

Afterward, at 3 p.m., Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Greensboro Sports Foundation President and CEO Richard Beard will speak from the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, which has been the ACC basketball tournaments’ most frequent host over the years.

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Tournament Town: Greensboro, N.C.

The news comes after ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips suggested on Oct. 25, 2023, that the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament could be uprooted from Greensboro in the coming years.

When asked at the time if the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament was committed to Greensboro long-term or if a rotating model was possible, Phillips said at the time that Greensboro has been “a wonderful home for the women’s tournament and the men’s tournament,” but they are also looking at Charlotte.

The conference notably moved its headquarters from its longtime home in Greensboro to Charlotte in 2023.

“We will certainly continue to populate Greensboro with our championship, but we’re in a new home, as well, in Charlotte, and we want to take advantage of this world-class city,” Phillips said.

He added that the tournament currently has contractual agreements in North Carolina to receive funding, and the ACC intends to honor those commitments.

The ACC men’s basketball tournament has been hosted in North Carolina 55 out of 70 times since the conference launched in 1954. For the ACC women’s basketball tournament, that number is 38 out of 47 times since launching in 1978.

In both tournaments, the Greensboro Coliseum has hosted more times than any other city with 29 for the men’s tournament and 24 for the women’s tournament. The men’s tournament has moved around over the years with Greensboro accounting for just under half (11 out of 24) of all tournaments since 2000. The women’s tournament, however, has been in Greensboro each year since 2000, excluding only 2017 when the tournament was held at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina.

The conference will hold the 2024 ACC Women’s Basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 6 to 10. The 2024 ACC Men’s Basketball tournament will follow at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. from March 12 to 16.

West Coast expansion

The last year has been one of many changes for the now somewhat bizarrely named Atlantic Coast Conference, newly featuring six teams that do not border the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2023, the conference added three new member schools: Stanford University in California, the University of California, Berkeley and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. These add to three other universities in non-coastal states that joined the ACC in 2013 and 2014: the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, the University of Lousiville in Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Stanford and Cal both reside on the other side of Interstate 40 in California. They come to the ACC from the Pac-12 Conference. SMU is located in Texas and comes to ACC by way of the American Athletic Conference.

Those three additions to the ACC are just the latest examples of the regionality that once defined college athletics being tossed aside as a consequence of massive conference realignment.

While the additions will increase the league’s revenue, they will also create some logistical challenges related to travel and scheduling. Geography is chief among those concerns.

Looking past the logistics of traveling across the United States for games, the ACC also finds itself with a numbers issue as the conference will have 18 member institutions once Stanford, Cal and SMU officially join in 2024.

Phillips previously expressed doubt about the league inviting all 18 teams to the ACC Tournament.

“As it relates to our other championships and where will they be in the future, I think that remains to be determined,” Phillips said. “And as it relates to the scheduling part like for basketball, it varies a little bit because we’re playing 18 games on the women’s side, 20 games on the men’s side, so that all kind of factors into ultimately — I don’t know that we would invite 18 teams to an ACC men’s or women’s basketball championship.”

Under the current format of the ACC Tournament, all 15 member institutions are invited and seeded in order based on their record in conference play. Seeds 1-4 get a double bye and are automatically placed in the quarterfinals. Seeds 5-9 get a single bye and are automatically placed in the second round. Seeds 10-15 receive no bye and must play one another in the first round.


Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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