ACC Extends Deals with North Carolina Sites After Law Change


The NCAA has selected more than 600 host sites for preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held from 2017-18 through 2021-22. Of those, 10 will be from Division I, five from Division II and eight from Division III.

The list of events included men's basketball tournament opening-weekend games in Greensboro in 2020 and Raleigh in 2021, as well as a women's basketball tournament regional in Greensboro in 2019.

Previous cities selected to host future Men's Final Fours include San Antonio (2018), Minneapolis (2019), Atlanta (2020), Indianapolis (2021) and New Orleans (2022). The town has hosted all or part of the tournament 11 times since 2003.

The ACC Men's Golf Championship will return to New London's Old North State Club on April 20-22, 2018. Those originally were scheduled to be held in Greensboro.

The NCAA appears to have enacted a major shift in policy, using the heavy critical fire its receiving for its return to North Carolina as cover for its acceptance of gambling.

Less than a year after the NCAA pulled seven of its championship events out of North Carolina due to HB2, otherwise known as the "bathroom bill", the Tar Heel State will officially see events like NCAA men's basketball games return inside its borders. The women's tournament brings in more than $5 million and men and women's swimming and diving championship brings in more than $1 million, according to the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed a compromise bill March 30 while saying it wasn't a flawless solution.

The NCAA previously said it did not lobby for any specific change in the law.

"I think it's important for our economy, and it's important for our national reputation", Cooper said Tuesday before the NCAA announcement. "We value all of our partners in North Carolina and appreciate their support and cooperation".

- The ACC on Wednesday outlined the terms under which college sports championships would return to competition in North Carolina, including extending the contracts of state venues that missed out during the ban.

The news comes after the March 30 repeal of the HB2 "bathroom bill", which limited the protection of the LGBT community against discrimination. In a basketball-crazed state, losing events such as the NBA all-star game and big NCAA tournament games was also a blow to residents' pride. The 2018 event will be held in Brooklyn before returning to Charlotte in 2019 and Greensboro in 2020. Most notably, a men's basketball sub-regional was moved from Greensboro, N.C., to Greenville, S.C. University of Dayton Arena has hosted 117 men's basketball tournament games, the most of any facility.

The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on December 17-19, 2020.