Says here that Charlotte is being considered for the ACC basketball tournament from 2016 on. Don’t get your hopes up too much.
Why? It all comes down to the numbers. The Greensboro Coliseum, which will host the tournament the next three years, seats nearly 4,000 more than Time Warner Arena here in Charlotte. That would be a problem. And making matters worse is that the number teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference is growing from the current 12 to at least 14 and maybe more by the time the tourney could get here. Those teams joining the league are in the Northeast, which contains large media markets that are driving ACC expansion. So having the ACC tournament in Washington — or even New York City — is likely to happen more often than it currently does.
Where’s that leave Charlotte? Could see the ACC tourney here maybe once a decade as a change up from Greensboro at most. Expecting more than that is simply unrealistic.