The Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament will not be held at Capital One Arena in the District after all.
The ACC announced on Tuesday that it is shifting its 2021 tournament from Washington to Greensboro, North Carolina from March 9-13. The league cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic for the move.
“The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament has enjoyed terrific experiences and hospitality at Capital One Arena,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “We look forward to returning to Washington, D.C., and appreciate Greensboro for welcoming and accommodating us during these unique and challenging times.”
The ACC will return its showcase event to the District in 2024. It was last played at Capital One Arena in 2016 when North Carolina won it.
The 2020 tournament was not completed when the pandemic struck in March. The conference played six games over two days in Greensboro before the league's presidents voted to cancel the rest of the tournament on March 12 as Florida State and Clemson were warming up for a game. Greensboro Coliseum had been the site of the ACC Tournament 26 times prior.
The 2022 ACC Tournament is set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Greensboro is the host for the 2023 event. The 2024 tournament had not yet been awarded to a city so D.C. takes that opening.
The Washington area has hosted the event in 1976, 1981 and 1987 in Landover, Md. at Capital Centre and again in 2005 at Capital One Arena. The ACC Tournament has been played annually for 66 straight years until 2020.
Capital One Arena is the site for the 2022 Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament.