The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament is coming to Verizon Center in 2017, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delay said Tuesday he expects Washington to become part of the regular rotation of sites for the tournament, which has been held in Chicago or Indianapolis since its inception in 1998.
“We have three institutions in the East and 11 institutions in the Midwest,” said Delany, who will officially welcome Maryland and Rutgers to the conference on July 1. “I don’t know what the precise rotation will be, but I can tell you it will be here regularly over the coming decades.”
Delany also said he expects Big Ten fans to struggle with the change, and many of them have, at least judging by their reaction to the news on Twitter.
— Austin Burklund (@AB1132) May 6, 2014
— Matthew Abel Jr. (@CatholicProdigy) May 6, 2014
— Jeff Herbst (@Jdherbst) May 6, 2014
@bigtenconf this is a terrible idea! The B1G tourney belongs in the Midwest, where the fans are!
— Mallory Sparks (@malsparks) May 6, 2014
— existing (@carrico_tanner) May 6, 2014
— Linda Ivey (@LindaI26) May 6, 2014
— Alex Myers (@AlexLeeMe) May 6, 2014
The B1G tourney in DC is a real thing? That’s stupid. Like putting the Big12 tourney in Des Moines. Dumb.
— Anthony Long (@AnthonySLong) May 5, 2014
Having the Big Ten basketball tournament in DC makes zero sense even though Maryland is moving into the B1G. Hoping for a horrible turnout.
— Carter Godfrey (@yerfdog92) May 5, 2014
I haven’t missed a #B1G tournament since 2001, but if they move it to D.C., I’m not going. Of all the dumb ideas, this ranks right up there.
— Chris Yates (@CPY87) May 5, 2014
Can’t decide if the B1G tournament moving to DC in 2017 is kinda stupid or really stupid #NotB1GCountry
— Zach Marentay (@ZHMGoBlue) May 5, 2014
So dumb that the #B1G Basketball Tourney is going to be held in Washington DC. Keep it in the Midwest… B1G Country!
— Tom Baehnk (@TheTomBaehnk) May 6, 2014
The #B1G tournament in DC in ’17!!!?? I hate what they’re doing to this conference!
— J. Ray (@Ja_Fray) May 6, 2014
— Mark Dunn (@mdd010) May 5, 2014
— Blake Gromek (@BlakeyBlake91) May 5, 2014
I’m pretty sure that the B1G Tournament will be held in Qatar in 2020.
— Derek Blume (@doc_blume) May 6, 2014
While some Maryland fans might still be bitter about joining the Big Ten, a postseason tournament in their own back yard is something the Terps enjoyed only four times in 61 years in the ACC.
— Howard Krakower (@HowardKrakower) May 6, 2014
— Paul Balland (@Pbreezy115) May 6, 2014
To any Big Ten fans still freaking out about this: SB Nation’s Kevin Trahan, a junior at Northwestern, explains why the the decision to hold the Big Ten Tournament at Verizon Center will not, in fact, ruin the conference.