This is the last year of the ACC Tournament as we know it. News 2 wants to know what the changes mean for fans.
Next year, the ACC gain Syracuse, University of Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame. In 2014, University of Louisville will join and the University of Maryland will leave.
By gaining new teams and losing Maryland, the conference will not only look a lot different, but it will mean changes for fans.
WFMY News 2 Liz Crawford spoke to Dr. Tony Weaver, a sports and event management professor from Elon University.
Dr. Weaver gave News 2 his opinion on the top 3 things we'll lose come next year:
1) Greensboro won't be as likely to host the ACC tournament
2) With more teams and a 5-day tournament, fans could become fatigued with the basketball. Days 1 and 2 of the tournament won't be as engaging.
3) You're less likely to get tickets. With more teams, there's a smaller allotment of tickets per school.
Dr. Weaver says we might lose a little, but we'll gain a lot. Here's his top 3:
1) It will be the highest skill level of college basketball in the country. The ACC tournament could be better than the NCAA tournament.
2) The new teams have loyal fan bases who are willing to travel. When Greensboro hosts the tournament, more fans and visitors will likely visit our hometown.
3) It will be more fun! It's a chance to root against new teams, coaches, and fans! The changes bring new cultures and new styles of play. Bring it on!
WFMY News 2