The Atlantic 10 is temporarily moving its men’s basketball tournament from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Pittsburgh in 2017 and Washington in 2018 as part of a deal struck earlier this year with the ACC.
The A-10, in which Davidson is a new member, has been played at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center the past two seasons, but agreed to make room for the ACC tournament in the Barclays Center for those two years. The A-10 will continue in Brooklyn in 2015 and ’16, before returning in 2019 for three more years through 2021.
A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade said Charlotte was not one of the nine cities that put in bids for the tournament. It will be played in Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Arena in 2017 and Washington’s Verizon Center the following season.
McGlade said the A-10 is working on scheduling doubleheaders with ACC teams from 2015-17 at the Barclays Center, which was one part of the deal that helped make room for the ACC tournament. The A-10 will also have a team in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center.
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McGlade said it was too early to talk about where the league tournament will go after 2021. Although many of the league’s schools are located in the northeast, two are in the Midwest (Dayton and Saint Louis), and five are below the Mason-Dixon line (Davidson, Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, George Washington and George Mason).
“One thing we’re very consistent on is that we have a very open mind about that,” said McGlade. “There is an inherent value with being able to move the championship to make it accessible to the diverse fan bases we have.”