It's official: Big Ten tourney headed to DC

It's official: Big Ten tourney headed to DC

In 2017, the Big Ten men's basketball tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

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“We’re thrilled to announce plans to host the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington, D.C.,” said Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. “We have a great amount of respect for basketball in this region of the country and are pleased that we were able to place this tournament at the Verizon Center at this first possible opportunity in March 2017.”


“We’re very excited the Big Ten Conference has selected our nation’s capital as the site for the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament,” said Maryland AD Kevin Anderson. “This is yet another example of the Big Ten’s commitment to our region and provides fans of Maryland and all conference teams on the East Coast easier access to enjoy this outstanding event.”

“We are looking forward to and are honored to host the Big Ten Tournament here in Washington, D.C. for the very first time,” said senior vice president and general manager of Verizon Center, David Touhey. “The excitement that surrounds this conference event is unparalleled and with Maryland becoming a part of the fold officially next season, the tournament is sure to have some added local flair here in the nation’s capital.”

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B-ILLINI wrote on May 06, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Why would the tournament be held out there? What is the logic? How many teams and fans are located in the area? Even though in Maryland's back yard, it is still ACC country, and a long way from the majority of the conference teams and fans.Minnesota and Nebraska have had travel quite a way already, to Chicago and Indy. Can't see wanting to go to DC