The ACC tournament has come to an end and the championship hardware is headed back to Chapel Hill. The Tarheels beat a tough University of Virginia team to win the championship game.
This year’s tournament was held in our nation’s capital, Washington DC. The tournament was played in the Verizon Center which is home to the Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team.When the ACC announced the 2016 tournament location critics said this tournament would have very low attendance due to not many teams being located close to DC.
I was lucky enough to attend the ACC tournament this year. DC was covered with orange and light blue. Many UNC and Virginia fans traveled to the nation’s capital to watch their teams play. While UNC and Virginia fans were everywhere it was nearly impossible to spot any Miami or Notre Dame fans in the Verizon Center. This location was inconvenient for various ACC teams who are located far away from Washington DC.
During the day prior to the game at night many fans were seen visiting various museums or memorials in DC. This location was very enjoyable for all because of the many places tourist come to see in DC. Hosting the ACC tournament was even better for local restaurants. Many fans decked out in their ACC gear were at various local restaurants in DC. Eating and sightseeing in DC is much better than the eating and sightseeing in the previous location of Greensboro.
The Verizon Center was packed for Saturday night’s championship game. The arena was packed full of light blue and orange. The came was tied at halftime and all of the fans were ready to call their team the ACC champions. UNC went on a second half run to diminish all hopes of a Virginia championship.
While people around North Carolina may not like the northern location of the ACC tournament this was a great move by the ACC. Fans flocked to visit the nation’s capitol and watch some basketball. The ACC tournament will be in Brooklyn for the next two years and then will return to Charlotte, NC where triangle fans can travel more conveniently.