ACC moves championships outside NC over HB2

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The ACC has announced new venues for eight of its 2016-17 championships, according to a news release.

These championship locations (see below) had been scheduled to be played in North Carolina, but were rescheduled following the decision by the conference to leave because of House Bill 2.

South Carolina is getting women’s soccer and men’s and women’s golf championships. Georgia will be getting the women’s swimming and diving and men’s diving championships, men’s swimming championship and men’s and women’s tennis championship. Men’s baseball will be played in Kentucky.

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.

Several concerts have been canceled in North Carolina following the passage of the law. Some businesses have also canceled plans to expand in North Carolina or come to the state altogether.

New ACC championship sites

  • ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, Nov. 4 & 6 – MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, South Carolina
  • ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving/Men’s Diving Championships, Feb. 13-16 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia
  • ACC Men’s Swimming Championship, Feb. 27-March 2 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia
  • ACC Women’s Golf Championship, April 13-15 (change from original date) – The Reserve Golf Club; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
  • ACC Men’s Golf Championship, April 21-23 – Musgrove Mill Golf Club; Clinton, South Carolina
  • ACC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, April 26-30 – Rome Tennis Center at Berry College; Rome, Georgia
  • ACC Baseball Championship, May 23-28 – Louisville Slugger Field; Louisville, Kentucky