Back in early September, the ACC announced it would begin moving championship and tournament games out of North Carolina in reaction to the state’s anti-LGBT HB2 law. That included multiple championship events scheduled for the upcoming 2016 and 2017 athletics seasons.
The move was hailed by folks near and far and many credited the conference for taking a bold stance and choosing to stick to it’s guns for the foreseeable future and....
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the 2017 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship will be held at Duke's Koskinen Stadium, following its annual fall meetings which wrapped up on Thursday.
Oh. Okay. Well, so much for that.
As to why the league couldn’t find an appropriate venue outside of North Carolina for men’s lacrosse when it easily found new venues for the football championship, baseball championship, and many others remains to be seen. I’m sure they’ll come up with some kind of fun explanation that doesn’t quite make sense. My money is on “Well, Duke is a private institution, so, it’s cool.”
It wouldn’t even be a big deal if, you know, the ACC hadn’t make it a big deal that they weren’t going to play championship events in North Carolina anymore.
Anyway, the top four seeds following the regular season will compete for the ACC Title with the semifinals on Friday, April 28, and the championship game on Sunday, April 30. Syracuse is the two-time defending ACC Championship champions so hopefully they can make sure that a North Carolina team doesn’t win, at least.
Update: Looks like the loophole is that so long as the event is on a college campus, it’s okay. That kinda still defeats the point if you ask me.