Penguins, Consol Energy Center bid to host ACC basketball tournament

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Consol Energy Center has put in a bid to play host to the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament, a Penguins official confirmed tonight.

According to the ACC web site, Greensboro, N.C., will be the host city for the next three years. However, according to the site, the ACC has the option to move the tournament in 2014 or 2015 and award the tournament to Greensboro again in 2016.

The ACC accepts bids for a six-year period and decides which cities will play host to the event in each of those years. The ACC rotates the tournament to different cities. Atlanta played host to the event last year. Washington, D.C., Tampa and Charlotte have played host to the event as well.

Consol Energy Center and Visit Pittsburgh worked together on the bid. Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said the university was not directly involved in the process, but the Panthers encouraged the Penguins to put in the bid.

Consol Energy Center played host to the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March and will play host to the Frozen Four next year.

A spokesperson for the ACC could not be reached. homepage - breaking - pittsports

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1.


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