ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change


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 return to the state during the 2017-18 academic year, and the ACC Women's Soccer Championship will follow suit in November 2018.

Earlier this month, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed a compromise deal to repeal House Bill 2, the beleaguered law that blocked cities from enacting LGBT protections and prohibited transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.

In total, North Carolina submitted 133 bids for hosting NCAA championship events beginning academic year 2018-19 through academic year 2021-22, with an estimated economic impact of $250 million. "We value all of our partners in North Carolina and appreciate their support and cooperation".

The conference said Wednesday morning that the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will take place December 2 at Bank of America Stadium.

The NBA relocated this year's All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans due to the law as well, though the league hasn't committed to bringing its annual showcase back.

Virginia Beach's new arena, expected to open in 2019, was not selected to host any NCAA championships.

Old Dominion's LR Hill Sports Complex will once again host the NCAA Division I women's field hockey championship in 2020.

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.

Originally slated to run through 2019, the contract for the championship game was extended through 2020.

— The women's soccer championships will be in Cary in fall 2018, though the site has yet to be determined for later this year.

In its statement April 4, the organization also said that previously scheduled 2017-18 events would remain in the state.

The Division II winter championships festival returns to Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021, marking the first time any city or venue has held a festival on three consecutive occasions. More than 104,000 people attended the games in 2014 and 2015. Wintrust Arena, as well as the Moda Center, will be hosting the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship games for the first time.

The ACC Women's Golf Championship will return to Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club (Ross Course) on April 20-22, 2018.

— The women's golf championship will be in Greensboro through 2021.