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ACC Makes the Logical Choice for Tournament Location in 2011-2015

by Chris Coleman,

Earlier this week, the ACC announced the locations of the ACC basketball tournament for the years 2011-2015. The conference recently came under some scrutiny when it decided to hold the 2007 ACC tournament in Tampa Florida, and it appears that the league office has answered those criticisms with the 2011-2015 announcement.

In 2011, the tournament will be back in Greensboro, the logical choice. Greensboro is the headquarters of the ACC, and within short driving distance of the four North Carolina schools, as well as Virginia and Virginia Tech. In 2012, the tournament will head to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, which can seat up to 40,000 fans for basketball events.

The tournament will return to Greensboro in 2013-15. The ACC has the option to opt out of one of the events from 2013-15 and award it to another city. If that happens, then the tournament would return to Greensboro in 2016.

ACC tournament sites for the years 2007-10 were decided on a previous date. The tournament will head to Tampa in 2007 to try to tap into the expanded south Florida market, and then it will head back to the state of North Carolina in 2008 at the Charlotte Coliseum. The tournament will be in Atlanta in 2009 and Greensboro in 2010. Here's the list of 2007-2015 sites:

2007: Tampa
2008: Charlotte (19,000)
2009: Atlanta (40,000)
2010: Greensboro (23,000)
2011: Greensboro (23,000)
2012: Atlanta (40,000)
2013: Greensboro (23,000)
2014: Greensboro (23,000)
2015: Greensboro (23,000)

While the city of Greensboro is highly pleased by the recent decisions, the city of Charlotte is another matter. The Queen City, a longtime supporter of ACC athletics, is not currently scheduled to host an ACC tournament after the year 2008 To make up for this, the city will receive strong consideration to host a future ACC Championship Game in football.

Charlotte is the logical choice for that game. Bank of America stadium serves as the home of the Carolina Panthers, and it sits right in the middle of the ACC country. While none of the North Carolina schools are likely to make the ACC Championship Game, it would help booster college football awareness in a state that is still basketball centric.

A major factor in determining site locations for future ACC basketball tournaments was arena size. Modern sports is about maximizing revenue, and the tournament will sell out if it is in the state of North Carolina. If this is the case, the logical choice is Greensboro. The Greensboro Coliseum seats 23,000 people, while the new Charlotte Bobcats Arena seats just 19,000.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta can hold 40,000 fans for basketball games. They aren’t likely to sell that many seats, but the vast majority of the seats will be spoken for.

When Charlotte built the new Charlotte Bobcats Arena, it was a mistake to only build 19,000 seats. The old Charlotte Coliseum sat 23,000 people, and with that many seats the city would be much more likely to land a future ACC tournament. It also hurts the city’s chances of hosting NCAA tournament games.

In news that made less of a splash in the media, the ACC also announced future sites for the conference baseball tournament. The tournament was played in Jacksonville in 2005 and is there again this season. The recent announcement from the ACC stated that the tournament would return to Jacksonville in 2007 and 2008 and will be held in Boston’s Fenway Park in 2009.

In was somewhat surprising that the 2007 and 2008 events did not end up in Tampa. New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a recent contributor to the UNC baseball program, has taken a keen interest in the tournament. The Yankees’ spring training and minor league headquarters are located in Tampa, and Steinbrenner reportedly offered the ACC a substantial financial guarantee to hold the event in Tampa at the team’s facilities.

That information was reported in the Greensboro News-Record on May 15. It stated that Steinbrenner offered substantially more than the $75,000 offered by Greensboro, and the margin between the current amount being paid by Jacksonville was even larger. What happened between May 15 and May 17, the day the sites were announced, is not clear. But The Boss didn’t get things his way.

In a further slap in the face to Steinbrenner, the 2009 baseball tournament will be held in Boston’s Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the arch-rivals of the New York Yankees. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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VT Expressing Heavy Interest in Drager

May 18, 2006
Virginia Tech has expressed heavy interest in Chris Drager, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end prospect out of Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson City, Pennsylvania. Drager, who holds offers from Stanford and West Virginia, is very interested in the Hokies as well.

Q&A with Jason Adjepong
May 18, 2006
TSL caught up with Virginia Tech 2006 recruit Jason Adjepong for a Q&A. The 6-3, 250-pound Adjepong, a 4-star defensive end recruit who earned AP first-team all-state honors for his senior season performance (107 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks), answers questions about his recruiting process, how he made and stuck with his decision as well as his future at Virginia Tech.

The Year in Tech Sports: 1984-85
May 17, 2006
Every year here at TSL, in the late spring and early summer we like to run a multi-part, in-depth series that highlights Virginia Tech athletics and brings forth information that you won't get anywhere else. We've also got a complete run of Hokie Huddlers (I refuse to call it hokiesportsthenewspaper) from 1984 to the present, a gold mine of memories just waiting to be plundered. Take those two facts and put them together, and you've got this year's series: The Year in Sports. We start off with 1984-85.

Brooks a Top OL Recruit for the Hokies
May 17, 2006
Back in February, Virginia Tech became the first school to officially offer 6-3, 296-pound offensive guard recruit Jaymes Brooks. More big time programs have followed suit since. During the recent combine at Christopher Newport University, the Denbigh (Newport News, VA) standout gave an indication why he is so heavily recruited.

Update on the 2006 Football Recruiting Class
May 16, 2006
With just under three months remaining until the start of football practice in August, it won't be long before the majority of the 2006 recruiting class is on campus in Blacksburg. In fact, some have already participated in spring practice. But some are having qualification issues, and you won't see them in Blacksburg until 2007. Inside you'll find a status report on each recruit of the 2006 class, including John Graves (right), a strong candidate to see playing time this fall.

Greg Boone to Tight End ... for Now
May 16, 2006
Per, Greg Boone's long anticipated move to tight end has finally happened. The r-freshman quarterback has agreed to make the switch for the 2006 season, but he has also been promised the chance to return to quarterback in the spring of 2007 and compete for a spot on the QB depth chart.
Also: Bruce Smith Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame; ACC Celebrates a Successful Year; 2006 Opponents Added to TSL Links Page.

Top Target: CB/WR Cris Hill
May 16, 2006
Cris Hill's best game last season came in one of his team's biggest. In the first round of the playoffs, Hill, who returned a kick-off for a touchdown in the game, led Highland Springs on a valiant effort against favored Meadowbrook in the opening round of the playoffs. Though his squad fell short by a score of 23-21, Hill and his teammates can take a lot from the experience.

Softball Team NCAA Bound
May 15, 2006
The Virginia Tech softball team received an invitation to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies will be the #2 seed in the four-team Knoxville Regional, where they will face #3 seed Louisville. The first pitch will come at 2:30 pm on Friday, May 19. The winner will face the winner of #1 seed Tennessee and #4 seed Tennessee Tech. The format is double-elimination.
Also: Dolphins, Argonauts Battle Over Marcus Vick; Chuck Hartman Night Tuesday Night.

Nebraska Adds Punch to Future Schedules
May 12, 2006
With the addition of Nebraska to the 2008 and 2009 football schedules, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver has put the baying schedule hounds to rest, at least for the next few years. The Hokies-Huskers matchups are the kind of games that football fans drooled over when the 12-game schedule was announced, and fortunately for Tech fans, Weaver was able to line up the type of matchup that makes fans and TV execs sing.
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