ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

  • ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

I think for sure they'll bring some of their championships here. The Council's decision to return neutral site championships to North Carolina, beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, took place on Friday, March 31.

As of Tuesday morning, the state of North Carolina has sent in bids for 133 championship events over the five year period.

"We recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2", the April 4 statement said.

The conference worked to restructure contracts with venues that had multi-year agreements to compensate for events that were moved in 2016-17, the league said. In a basketball-crazed state, losing events such as the NBA all-star game and big NCAA tournament games was also a blow to residents' pride.

On Tuesday, following the state passage of a fig leaf of a bill that did little to reverse discrimination against LGBTQ citizens in North Carolina, the NCAA caved, following the fine example set by the National Basketball Association. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season and said it could relocate more events if there wasn't a change in the "bathroom bill". For football, that means Charlotte will continue to be the home of the ACC title game through 2020.

The 13th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium on December 2. The 2015 game between Clemson and North Carolina attracted 74,514 fans, setting a Bank of America Stadium attendance record. The 2019 Division III men's volleyball championships will be held at Kean University in Union, while the 2020 Division III women's field hockey championships will be held at Montclair State. Overall attendance at the Greensboro Coliseum has exceeded 60,000 eight times since 2006, according to the ACC.

— The baseball tournament — set for Louisville, Kentucky, next month — will be in Durham in 2018 and 2019. Greensboro Coliseum has hosted 63 NCAA men's tournament games, which is fifth most in tournament history.

In 2022, Greensboro will host the DII men's and women's swimming and diving championships. The events are scheduled to remain in Greensboro through 2023.

Columbus will also play host to an NCAA men's Division I golf regional tournament in 2022 at OSU Golf Club. McConnell Golf is contracted for the event through 2021. "And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships".

Additional events returning to Greensboro are listed here. Cincinnati also will host first- and second-round action, marking the first time in 30 years the tournament will have been staged there.