The Big Ten conference, long considered to reside in the heartland of the Midwest United States, is going to move their annual basketball tournament eastward, specifically to Washington D.C.
The conference has announced that the Big Ten basketball tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in 2017, according to a report from USA Today.
The announcement comes just as a couple of east coast teams, Rutgers and Maryland, are joining the conference – because, hey, we wouldn’t want them to feel out of place right?
“At the time Maryland came in, we set an aggressive goal — to live in two regions in the country,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “Those were our words. We’ve been working hard over the last 18 months to match our actions to our words.”
Delany did state that the tourney “will undoubtedly return to Chicago and Indianapolis”, the two cities where the tournament has been held since its inception.
The Big Ten tournament will be at the Verizon Center from March 8-12, 2017, while Chicago’s United Center will host the event in 2015, and Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse will host it in 2016.