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2016 ACC Basketball Tournament Headed To Washington D.C.

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The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center.

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It's not New York City but it's getting closer. The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament will be held at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center.

"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 20,000-seat Verizon Center previously hosted the 2005 ACC Tournament. The Washington metropolitan area also welcomed the ACC 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.

Syracuse fans are used to winning in the Verizon Center, so this is great news for us. As we all know well, we can pack that place with orange and things shouldn't be any different here.

It's also a nice little shot at Maryland. As they step out the door, the ACC puts the men's baskeball tournament in their backyard. Ouch. Enjoy East Lansing...

The move ends up satisfying most ACC schools, besides maybe the North Carolina ones. It moves the tournament around to remove any kind of regional favoritism and puts it smack dab in the middle of a major market. If I were a betting man, and I guess I am, expect the next step on the ACC Tournament tour to be NYC.