The Atlantic Coast Conference will play its men’s basketball tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2017 and 2018, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
The move sets up a conference tournament showdown with the Big East tournament, held simultaneously at Madison Square Garden, and brings the former Big East members Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Notre Dame back to New York in March.
In its first two years of existence, Barclays Center has made a concerted effort to establish itself as a go-to destination for high-level college basketball through preseason tournaments like the Coaches Vs. Cancer and Barclays Classic, along with the A-10 postseason tournament. Next year, two A.C.C. teams -- Duke and Virginia -- are scheduled to play in Brooklyn as well.
Sports Illustrated first reported news of a possible move Friday morning, saying the arena and the conference were close to an agreement.
In a statement Friday, however, John Swofford, the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, said: “Future tournament sites is not a new topic, as it’s been discussed for the last several years and continues to be under discussion. At this time, the A.C.C. tournament will be in Greensboro in 2015 and Washington, D.C., in 2016. Our schools will determine where it is held beyond 2016, and while we appreciate all of the interest in the future of this great event, we do not have anything to announce at this time, nor will we during the course of this tournament.”
Details of the move were being worked out.