NCAA returns tournament games back to North Carolina

Judith Bessette
Abril 20, 2017

After state legislators repealed House Bill 2, the council made a decision to return neutral site championships to North Carolina, beginning with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Football: The Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game will return to Bank of America Stadium through the 2020 season.

North Carolina is included as one of the states listed to host NCAA championship events between the years 2018-2022, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

In total, North Carolina submitted 133 bids for hosting NCAA championship events beginning academic year 2018-19 through academic year 2021-22, with an estimated economic impact of $250 million.

"We have yet to see any evidence showing how the NCAA can ensure basic nondiscrimination protections for these events", said Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina. "We are thrilled to renew our relationships with so many terrific people, outstanding cities and first-class venues", ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.

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.

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The ACC also said contracts with venues that had multi-year agreements with the conference were extended a year to compensate for games that were relocated from North Carolina in the 2016-17 season. The NCAAawarded the men's and women's golf championship to Oklahoma State in 2018 and Arkansas in 2019 and fencing to Cleveland in 2019, Detroit in 2020, Penn State in 2021 and Notre Dame in 2022.

Before Canton gets its shot at hosting, Mary Hardin-Baylor and the city of Shenandoah, Texas, will host the 2018 and 2019 Stagg Bowls at Woodforest Stadium.

According to, UNC Charlotte will host the first and second rounds of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship in 2018 at the Spectrum Arena on March 16 and 18.

The men's basketball tournament, the league's signature event, was already slated for the second in a two-year stay in Brooklyn, New York next year.

Meanwhile, Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park is getting the men's and women's College Cups back.

"The current NCAA championships policy does not allow NCAA championships to be held in states with single-game sports wagering". It will return to North Carolina in 2019 (Charlotte) and 2020 (Greensboro). Columbia, South Carolina, last hosted games in 1970, while Hartford, Connecticut, has not served as host since 1998.

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