After six years in Atlantic City, the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball's run is over.
The A-10 is going to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. next season for the start of a five-year contract.
It was a fun weekend and had an exciting outcome with St. Bonaventure grabbing the A-10's automatic bid. Without that, the Bonnies were not going to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
But the question that kept popping up is what's next for Atlantic City? Will they be getting a new tournament?
Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall officials have consistently said they will look at getting a new tournament to replace the void. There are several conferences that would make a good for the area.
Here's a look at five conferences that could possibly end up in Atlantic City.
Colonial Athletic Association – The CAA seems like a great fit on first glance. The conference has teams up and down the East Coast. The University of Delaware, Drexel University and Hofstra University, which is in Long Island, N.Y., are schools in what A.C. officials call “feeder markets.”
However, the CAA tournament has been held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va., since 1990. In addition, this year the tournament sold out (11,200) all three days it was there, a first for the conference.
With the CAA tournament having its best year yet, it's going to hard to lure it away from its current location.
America East – The America East Tournament is interesting. It works almost backwards of most other tournaments. The preliminary rounds are hosted at a single location and then the championship game is hosted by the school with the higher seed.
That makes it pretty difficult to plan ahead since fans would have no idea where the championship game is going to be held.
This year, the preliminary rounds were held at Chase Arena in West Hartford, Conn., and the championship was hosted at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. The final was played in front of a sold out crowd of 4,423.
This looks to be one of the most intriguing conferences yet.
The nine teams range from Maryland to Maine with a number of schools in the New England area.
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – This tournament sounds like it belongs in the area just by its name. But for it to come to Atlantic City, officials will have to wait until at least 2015.
This year's MAAC tournament was held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., and will be there until 2014 under the current contract. The MAAC has moved around several times. Before this year it was held in Bridgeport, Conn., Albany, N.Y., and in 2003 it was held in the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton.
This year's final drew 1,821.
Teams in the MAAC include Rider, Marist, Manhattan, Siena, Saint Peter's – all teams within driving distance of Atlantic City.
The next two conferences hold the tournament on campus sites. So, the leagues would have to change format if they wanted to hold the tournament at a neutral site.
Northeast Conference – The NEC's tournament is formatted so that the team with the highest seed hosts the game. This year's final between Robert Morris and LIU-Brooklyn drew 1,700.
Patriot League – This is a small league with just eight teams. However, many of the teams are the places Atlantic City officials look to get tourists, including Bucknell and Lehigh. Army and Navy are also in this league.
This year's final won by Lehigh and hosted by Bucknell drew 4,267.