The ACC Tournament set attendance records in its last two visits to Atlanta, but at the occasional expense of early-round atmosphere in the cavernous Georgia Dome.
Sunday, the ACC announced that in the tournament's next trip to Atlanta, in 2012, the event will be held at Philips Arena, where the NBA Hawks and NHL Thrashers play, instead of the Georgia Dome.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said the league decided to move to the smaller venue, which will seat about 20,000 fans for a session of the tournament, "to protect the tournament's brand and atmosphere."
The 2010 and 2011 ACC Tournaments will be held in Greensboro.
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