ACC Pulls All Championship Games From North Carolina Over HB2
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announces they are relocating all neutral site ACC Championship games that were to be held in North Carolina because of House Bill 2.
The ACC Council of Presidents released the following statement:
“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority also released a statement following the announcement:
“The cancellation of the 2016 ACC Football Championship is a blow to Charlotte’s visitor economy and is irreplaceable at this late date. The event has consistently generated significant economic impact for the city that greatly contributes to our quality of life in Charlotte and in North Carolina and helps sustain thousands of jobs. We’ve proven to be a welcoming host city for these events and hope we’ll have the opportunity to bring the championship back to Charlotte in future years.” – CRVA CEO Tom Murray
Here is a breakdown of the impact this will have on our local economy: