The Northern Creep Begins: 2014 & 2015 ACC Lacrosse Tournaments In Philadelphia

Rob Carr

If today's announcement that the 2014 and 2015 ACC Lacrosse Tournaments will be held in Philadelphia (or just outside of it) are any indication, the conference is clearly thinking about it's own geographical northern creep and adjusting itself accordingly.

The discussion about whether or not the ACC Basketball Tournament should consider moving from Greensboro to New York City has been a hotly-debated one. All we really know at this point is that they're considering it.

If today's announcement that the 2014 and 2015 ACC Lacrosse Tournaments will be held in Philadelphia are any indication, the conference is clearly thinking about it's own geographical northern creep and adjusting itself accordingly.

PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa., will be the site of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2014 and 2015, ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford announced today.

The 18,500-seat stadium serves as the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and will be the host venue for the ACC on April 25-27, 2014 and again in the spring of 2015.

2014 will mark the fourth time in the 26-year history of the tournament that the event has been held at a neutral site. Orlando, Fla., played host in 2001, followed by Baltimore, Md., in 2005 and 2006.

The 2014 Tournament will be the first for the Syracuse Orange and Notre Dame Fighting Irish as well as the last for the Maryland Terrapins. While all six conference teams will be present and accounted for, only the top four will actually play for the ACC Championship. The 5th and 6th place teams will play in a kind-of consolation game on Saturday.

This year's game will be held at Virginia's campus. As a bit of a shot across Maryland's departing bow, had the ACC kept its recent streak of playing the tournament on campus, the 2014 Tournament would have taken place at Maryland.

Nothing really changes for Syracuse & Notre Dame, who will have played their conference tournament in Philly for the last three years anyway. But it's a good sign for Orange fans hoping to see more and more ACC events creep their way up from North Carolina towards New York.

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