The Atlantic Coast Conference is taking its men's basketball tournament from Tobacco Road to the bright lights of New York.
The league completed a two-year deal to bring the tournament to Brooklyn's Barclays Center starting in 2017, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
The Atlantic 10 was scheduled to play its tournament there through 2017 but will move in exchange for playing an ACC/A-10 doubleheader at Barclays during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. The A-10 tournament will return to Barclays for three years starting in 2019.
ACC commissioner John Swofford and Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade are scheduled to hold a news conference at the venue this morning with Barclays Center chief executive officer Brett Yormark.
A-10 spokesman Drew Dickerson said that the conference could not comment.
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