The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Basketball Tournament is one of the most popular collegiate sporting events in America and boasts some of the oldest rivalries in the sport. The winner of the event receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The tournament began in 1954, a year after the conference was created, and the first championship game pitted North Carolina State against Wake Forest. The finale was won by N.C. State 82-80 and kicked off years of domination by schools in North Carolina. For the first 17 years of the conference's existence, the ACC Championship was won by a North Carolina college, with the lone exception coming in 1958 when Maryland upset North Carolina to take its first title.
With the arrival of basketball juggernauts Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh for the 2013 season, the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament has begun a new era of high-profile rivalries that is bound to create a few classics along the way. The tourney has now taken center stage in the conference championship pool as teams vie to win at-large bids and build up a resumé to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
Fans attending the ACC Tournament buy tickets for sessions instead of individual games, so make sure to check this page to find what session your team is playing in. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for ACC Basketball Tournament tickets.
2017 ACC Basketball Tournament Preview
The 2016 ACC Tournament moves to Washington D.C. for the first time in the history of the competition, with the first games tipping off on March 8th, 2016 at the Verizon Center. A different team has won the ACC Tournament every season since 2011 and the 2016 ACC Tournament will feature a number of the nation’s top teams. North Carolina has finished ACC Tournament runner-up in 3 of the past 4 seasons, and will enter as one of the tournaments favorites. Other ACC Tournament contenders like Miami, and Virginia will look to prove they belong with the ACC basketball elite.
Check out our ACC Basketball Tournament Preview History page for previews of previous ACC Basketball Tournaments.
ACC Basketball Tournament at Verizon Center Address: 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament is held at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. It pits every team in the Atlantic Coast Conference against each other in a bracket-style tournament, with the winner getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Teams are seeded from #1 to #15, with the top four seeds getting first-round byes.
Sections 100 through 120. Sections 100 & 111 are located at midcourt and represent some of the best seats in the venue. Sections 104-107, and 115-118 are located behind the baskets.
Sections 200 through 229. Sections 200 & 215 are located at midcourt, while sections 201, 202, 213, 214, 216, 217, 228, and 229 also offer great views of the court.
Sections 400-433, this is the cheaper way to get into the the ACC Championship.
Both early games on Wednesday. #8 vs. #9 and #5 vs. #12.
Both later games on Wednesday, #7 vs. #10 and #6 vs. #11.
Second round, two early games on Thursday. It's the first games for #1 and #4 seeds.
Second round, two later games on Thursday. It's the first games for #2 and #3 seeds.
Both matchups in the semifinals on Friday.
Admission to the ACC Championship Game. It is the only session that is only one game.
ACC Basketball Tournament Event Guide
What is the best time to buy tickets for the ACC Tournament?
If you’re just going as a spectator and not a fan of any specific team, buy as early as possible. If you want to see your team, wait until you know what seed they are and then jump on tickets for that session!
Can I buy tickets for just the game that my team is playing in?
For this tournament, tickets are only sold as sessions and therefore you are buying a pass to two games (unless it’s the final).
Where can I find the ACC tournament schedule?
The 2016 ACC tournament schedule is listed as soon as it is made available by the tournament, and TicketCity has all the dates and times posted above for all sessions. The tournament is split up into sessions, with each session containing two games except for the last one, which is just the championship game. The gates usually open one hour before the first game of every session.
Where should I go to eat or drink before the ACC Tournament at Verizon Center?
Washington D.C. has a number of fantastic restaurants near the Verizon Center. If you are looking for a great bar atmosphere before the ACC Basketball Tournament, check out the District Chophouse & Brewery, or Clyde's.
What teams have won the ACC Basketball Tournament?
Duke, North Carolina, and NC State have dominated the ACC Basketball Tournament over the years, with each school winning 10 or more tournaments. For a full list of former ACC Basketball Tournament Champions, visit our ACC Basketball Tournament Champions page.