Verizon Center to host 2017 Big Ten men’s basketball tournament


Delany and Anderson will both be present at a news conference on Tuesday at Verizon Center. to announce the event. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament will come to Verizon Center from March 8-12, 2017, the first time the event will be held outside of Indianapolis and Chicago.

“We’re excited the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.,” Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “The Big Ten has shared its commitment to having a strong presence on the East Coast. It’s a great opportunity for our fans to attend the tournament in our backyard and it should be a tremendous atmosphere.”

An official announcement from Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Verizon Center. Delany will be joined by Anderson and Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon.

The event is scheduled to be held at Chicago’s United Center in 2015 and Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2016; those are the only two cities to host the event, which began in 1998. Verizon Center is scheduled to host the ACC tournament in 2016.

Earlier Monday, the Big Ten announced an early-season series with the Big East. In its geographic outreach toward the East, the league also has signed a contract with the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium and introduced Johns Hopkins as a member in men’s lacrosse only. A second office space for the Chicago-based league will open June 1 in New York City and satellite offices will also be located in Washington D.C.

 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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