In one of the first official moves of this week's ACC Meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, the ACC and ESPN have come to a mutual agreement in moving the Tournament Championship Game from Sunday to Saturday.
Under the new format, the ACC Tournament will start with first-round games on Tuesday. Semifinal games will be played at 7 pm and 9 pm on Friday night, with the Championship game now on Saturday night at 8:30 pm--similar to the formate of the Big East.
This marks the first time since 1981 that the league title game will be held on a Saturday night. The first 28 ACC Tournament games were held on Saturday, 27 of them in the prime time slot.
Pittsburgh Athletic Director Steve Pederson said at the outset of the meetings, that any moves the school officials would vote on would hopefully be discussed and in the vest interests of all ACC members. Based on Commissioner John Swofford's reaction to the vote, this is something all schools were hoping for.
"This is kind of a ‘Back to the Future' moment for our conference," Swofford said. "The Sunday championship game worked tremendously well for more than three decades, but I believe our schools, teams and our fans will be excited about crowning a champion on Saturday night. This will be a win-win for everyone involved – players, coaches, fans - and we greatly appreciate our television partners, ESPN and the ACC Network, working with us to make this happen."< /p>
The 2015 Tournament will once again be held at the Greensboro Coliseum – site of 10 Saturday ACC Tournaments finals from 1967 through 1980. In 2016, the tournament will be moved to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a two-year run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2017 and 2018. Charlotte will host in 2019, at the Time Warner Cable Arena, before the Tournament returns to Greensboro in 2020.