NC universities, sports groups nervously await NCAA announcement of host sites

Posted April 17
Updated April 18

— For North Carolina universities and sports group entities, pre-game jitters are setting in as the NCAA prepares to announce tournament sites through 2022 on Tuesday.

“Our mindset right now is positive anticipation,” said Doug McRainey, Cary Parks Director. “We have a huge stake.”

In Cary alone the decisions translate to millions of dollars -- and a boost for local shops, restaurants and hotels.

When House Bill 2 hit the books, the NCAA and the ACC pulled multiple events in North Carolina -- including the NCAA men's basketball tournament and the ACC football championship and the ACC women's basketball tournament. The investments made over the years to brand the Triangle as a premier sports destination, were instantly in jeopardy.

Lawmakers repealed the law in early April in NCthe form of House Bill 142, but many critics say didn’t go far enough. Whether North Carolina will pay a price at the hands of the NCAA anyway remains to be seen.

“I'm not sure what to expect as it relates to this,” said Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Great Raleigh Sports Alliance. “I guess HB2 after-effect. I do know that the NCAA has assured us that all North Carolina bids received full and fair consideration and I have no reason not to trust them on that.”

Still, Dupree is keeping his optimism in check. Even under the best of circumstances, scoring a high-profile event is extremely competitive.

Dozens of NCAA committees in every sport across all division levels have been meeting for months to consider bids placed by hundreds of cities. On March 23, the NCAA placed a deadline for North Carolina to repeal the law or lose consideration for future bids.

And for the majority of that time, North Carolina was off the table.

Of the 133 bids submitted by venues in North Carolina, 57 are in Wake County. Twenty-seven of those are in Cary.

“The NCAA knows how well we host our events and our sense was they very much wanted the repealed law so the championships could come back to North Carolina and the town of Cary,” McRainey said. “We're banking on that.

Insiders said it will ultimately be judged on whether the state is awarded a men's basketball event. They have submitted bids for four years.

Bids from Wake County to host NCAA events through 2022:

Men’s Basketball 1st/2nd Rds. (4 years
Men’s Basketball Regionals (4)
Men’s College Cup Soccer (4)
Women’s College Cup Soccer (4)
Division I Wrestling (4)
Division I Tennis (1)
Division I Women’s Lacrosse (4)
National Collegiate Rifle (2)
Division II Baseball (4)
Division II Cross Country (3)
Division II Track & Field (4)
Division III Softball (4)
Division III Tennis (3)
Division I Women’s Gymnastics Regional (4)
Division I Women’s Golf Regional (4)
Division I Men’s Golf Regional (4)


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • J.D. Howell Apr 18, 1:30 p.m.
    user avatar

    NC just got PLAYED!!!!!!

  • Andrew Stephenson Apr 18, 8:15 a.m.
    user avatar

    I think it would be hilarious if the NCAA didn't mention any NC schools after all this. "Oh, you expected us to follow through on our promise after you did your part? How unfortunate #charlotteordinance"

    Besides, HB2 was repealed in name only and the NCAA knows it. There is still a restriction on local governments passing ANY anti-discrimination protections for LGBT folks, even if its only for 4 years, including equal pay, equal employment, hate crime protections, etc. Who does this help? I am not even talking about bathroom issues for Trans people. I'm talking the other 95% of the LGBT community.

  • FIFA Confederations Cup: Mexico v. Russia

    Today at 11:00 am on FOX50

  • Yachting: America’s Cup

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLS: New York FC v. New York Red Bulls

    Today at 1:30 pm on FOX50

  • US Track & Field Championships

    Today at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Anaheim at Boston

    Tonight at 7:00 on FOX50

  • NASL: RailHawks v. Indy Eleven

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • Yachting: America’s Cup

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • US Track & Field Championships

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis

    Tonight at 6:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • College World Series: Teams TBD

    Monday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • College World Series: Teams TBD

    Tuesday at 7:45 pm on 99.9 The Fan

ATP Scoreboard
Friday, Jun. 23
AEGON Championships (ATP)
S. Querrey4 65    
G. Muller6 77    
(4) M. Cilic6 7    
D. Young4 5    
(6) G. Dimitrov6 3 6   
D. Medvedev3 6 3   
(7) T. Berdych65 77 5   
F. Lopez77 61 7   
Gerry Weber Open (ATP)
K. Khachanov710 4 6   
A. Rublev68 6 3   
R. Gasquet6 3 6   
R. Haase1 6 1   
(1) R. Federer6 6    
F. Mayer3 4    
(4) A. Zverev66 77 6   
(7) R. Bautista A78 61 1   
WTA Scoreboard
Friday, Jun. 23
AEGON Classic Birmingham (WTA)
(9) D. Gavrilova77 3 65   
L. Safarova64 6 77   
(5) K. Mladenovic4 65    
(7) P. Kvitova6 77    
(6) G. Muguruza4 6    
C. Vandeweghe6 4    
A. Barty5     
C. Giorgi2     
Mallorca Open (WTA)
C. Bellis6 6    
K. Pliskova3 2    
(2) A. Sevastova7 1 77   
(7) A. Konjuh5 6 65   
J. Goerges6 6    
S. Lisicki2 4    
(3) C. Garcia6 710    
(6) R. Vinci2 68