NCAA moves 7 championship games out of NC over HB2


The NCAA announced on Friday new venues for seven of its 2016-17 championships.

The championships were set to be played in North Carolina but were rescheduled following the decision of the NCAA to leave because of House Bill 2.

California is getting women’s soccer championship. Virginia is getting  men and women’s soccer championships. South Carolina is receiving the first and second-rounds of the men’s basketball championship. Georgia will get women’s golf championships, Tennessee is getting men and women’s lacrosse and Texas is receiving baseball.

HB 2, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, nullified local government ordinances establishing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But it gained widespread attention for its stipulation requiring people in publicly owned buildings to use restrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

The ACC and the NCAA have moved championship games out of North Carolina due to the law.

New NCAA championship sites:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup, Dec. 2 and 4: San Jose, California (Avaya Stadium; West Coast Conference, host).
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, Dec. 2 and 3: Salem, Virginia (Kerr Stadium; Old Dominion Athletic Conference, host).
  • 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second-rounds, March 17 and 19: Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena; Southern Conference and Furman University, hosts).
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional, May 8-10: Athens, Georgia (University of Georgia Golf Course; University of Georgia, host).
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, May 22-27: Chattanooga, Tennessee (Champions Tennis Club; University of the South, host).
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, May 26 and 28: Boston (Gillette Stadium; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, host).
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship, May 27-June 3, Grand Prairie, Texas (The Ballpark in Grand Prairie; Angelo State University, host).