ACC will make up year lost at NC venues
Posted April 19
Raleigh, N.C. — The ACC on Wednesday outlined the terms under which college sports championships would return to competition in North Carolina, including extending the contracts of state venues that missed out during the ban.
Last September, under the shadow of a North Carolina law that required transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponded to their birth certificate and other limits on LGBTQ rights, the ACC Council of Presidents voted to move neutral site championship events in women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis out of the state.
After state legislators repealed House Bill 2, the council decided to return neutral site championships to North Carolina, beginning with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on Dec. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Championship events in women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis will also return to the state during the 2017-18 academic year, and the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will follow suit in November 2018.
"The Durham Bulls are excited to once again host the ACC Baseball Championship when it returns to Durham in 2018 and 2019," the Bulls said in a statement. "The DBAP is the site of some of the tournament’s most memorable games and moments, and is also the site of numerous tournament attendance records. We look forward to college baseball’s best conference returning to Downtown Durham to showcase the conference, the ballpark and the city to a national audience once again."
Contracts with venues that lost out in 2016-17 were restructured and extended a year to compensate for events that were moved, according to the ACC.
The ACC's announcement comes the day after the NCAA announced championship events would return to Greensboro, Wintson-Salem, Cary and Raleigh.
ACC events in North Carolina
The 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Football Game will return to Bank of America Stadium and will be played on Saturday, December 2. The ACC’s agreement to hold the game at the Charlotte venue, originally set to run through 2019, has been extended through 2020.
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, on Feb. 28 through March 4, 2018. The Coliseum is now set to play host to the tournament through 2023.
The ACC Baseball Championship is returning to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 22-27.
Swimming & Diving
The 2018 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving Championships will be held Feb. 14-17 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, while the ACC Men’s Swimming Championship is set for Feb. 21-24. The GAC is now set to host those events through 2023.
The ACC Men’s Golf Championship will return to New London’s Old North State Club on April 20-22, 2018. McConnell Golf is contracted for the event through 2021.
The ACC Women’s Golf Championship will return to Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club (Ross Course) on April 20-22, 2018. McConnell Golf is contracted for the event through 2021.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
The ACC Tennis Championships will return to Cary Tennis Park on April 25-29, 2018.
The semifinals and finals of the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will return to Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in 2018. The Town of Cary is set to host tournament play Nov. 2 and Nov. 4.