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ACC football championship game to return to Charlotte

Nellie Chapman | 20 April, 2017, 06:14

Seven months after it was announced the 2016 ACC football championship game would be removed from North Carolina due to the state's House Bill 2, the game will return to Charlotte, N.C., the conference has announced. The new law, House Bill 142, repeals House Bill 2, but it also leaves bathroom regulation to the state and enacts a moratorium on local LGBT ordinances until December 1, 2020.

The NCAA similarly announced Tuesday that Greensboro and Raleigh would host men's basketball tournament games, and that championships in dozens of other sports would be played in North Carolina now that HB2 has been replaced with a compromise measure.

"North Carolina's new law does nothing to guarantee that LGBT people will be protected from discrimination" said James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project.

"We recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2", the April 4 statement said.

North Carolina will host several NCAA championships in the coming years, following the rollback of the controversial HB2, also known as the "bathroom law". "Consistent with our policies and beliefs, the law in New Jersey requires that we no longer host championships in the state".

And the ACC Baseball Championship will extend an agreement to return to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2018 and 2019, the announcement said.

Originally slated to run through 2019, the contract for the championship game was extended through 2020. Buoyed with a total of six fall championships for the 2018 Division II National Championships Festival, Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary rounds and finals, the most of any city. The tournament will also return Hartford for the first time in 1998.

— The women's golf championship will be in Greensboro through 2021.

Events already scheduled there for the 2017-18 sports season, which includes men's basketball tournament games in Charlotte, among others, will remain in place.

The conference's women's golf championship will be held in April 2018 at the Ross Course of Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club.

The Division II winter championships festival returns to Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021, marking the first time any city or venue has held a festival on three consecutive occasions. The 2019 Division III men's volleyball championships will be held at Kean University in Union, while the 2020 Division III women's field hockey championships will be held at Montclair State.