WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The Big Ten Conference is continuing plans to shift its footprint east. The conference has announced its annual basketball tournament will be held at Washington, DC's Verizon Center in 2017. It will mark the first time since 1998 that the event will be held outside of Indianapolis or Chicago. The Big Ten brings aboard Maryland and Rutgers to the conference this season. The 2015 tourney will be at Chicago's United Center while the 2016 event takes place at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.