The ACC has confirmed today that eight different neutral site championships have been relocated from the state of North Carolina for the 2016-17 academic year.
In mid-September, the conference announced it would be moving all North Carolina-based championships elsewhere as a result of HB2, the discriminatory LGBT “bathroom law” within the state. At the top of the list was football, which is typically housed in Charlotte, and is scheduled for Saturday, December 3. That game was confirmed to move to Orlando, Fla. last week.
The other eight North Carolina-based games have spread out to various outposts of the ACC footprint. Those specifics:
- ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, November. 4, 6 – MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, S.C.
- ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving/Men’s Diving Championships, February. 13-16 (change from original date) – McAuley Aquatic Center; Atlanta, Ga.
- ACC Men’s Swimming Championship, February. 27-March 2 (change from original date) – McAuley Aquatic Center; Atlanta, Ga.
- ACC Women’s Golf Championship, April 13-15 (change from original date) – The Reserve Golf Club; Pawley’s Island, S.C.
- ACC Men’s Golf Championship, April 21-23 – Musgrove Mill Golf Club; Clinton, S.C.
- ACC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, April 26-30 – Rome Tennis Center at Berry College; Rome, Ga.
- ACC Baseball Championship, May 23-28 – Louisville Slugger Field; Louisville, Ky.
Louisville’s as far “north” as these shift, but still, it’s good to see the conference spreading the wealth of where its postseason events are held — though obviously we wish the circumstances around the move were a bit different. The ACC has classically kept as many championships within its home state of North Carolina as possible, much to the consternation of the league’s sprawling fan bases up and down the eastern seaboard.
So if you have any plans to attend these events, now you know where to go. Last week, the ACC confirmed it would be refunding fans who’d already bought tickets for the football championship game in Charlotte. No word yet on whether they’ll be able to do the same for these smaller events.