Big Ten Tournament moving east

The 2017 Big Ten Tournament will be played in Washington D.C., a source confirmed to Boiler Sports Report.

The Big Ten's gradual integration into the East Coast is taking a large step with a historic announcement on Tuesday.

For the first time, the Big Ten Tournament will be played outside of Chicago or Indianapolis, when it moves to Washington D.C. in 2017. A source confirmed this to Boiler Sports Report. It will be officially announced on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany confirmed this news to Sports Illustrated.

"We don't just want to visit here, we want to live here," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said of the Northeast. "This was our first opportunity to do that. We think it's a wonderful opportunity for not just Maryland, but for expatriate Big Ten fans living on the East Coast to see great basketball in March."

It's expected that the conference tournament site will rotate between Washington, Chicago and Indianapolis. The 2015 event will be held at United Center, and the 2016 location is still set in Indianapolis.

With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten has taken residency on the East Coast, opening offices in New York and Washington. The latest news is yet another step toward building an eastern presence.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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