NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

North Carolina venues became eligible again to host ACC championships after Republican legislators and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, facing a reported NCAA-imposed deadline, negotiated a compromise to replace HB2.

After months of angst about whether or not North Carolina would be considered for future NCAA hosting duties due to House Bill 2, several states were among those selected on Tuesday afternoon.

The ACC Women's Basketball Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, for the 18th time in 19 years, on February 28-March 4, 2018.

The American Civil Liberties Union condemned the compromise bill, citing a lack of clear protection for LGBT people in North Carolina.

The Division I Women's Volleyball Championship returns to Minneapolis in 2018 for the first time in 30 years when it will be at the Target Center.

Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers and has a seating capacity of 75,419.

Men's & Women's Tennis: The ACC Tennis Championships will return to Cary Tennis Park on April 25-29, 2018.

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It also says state legislators - not local government or school officials - are in charge of policy on public restrooms. It was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.

Bids had been placed for JDL Fast Track indoor track for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Div. II championships, and Division III championships for 2019 through 2022'.

As notes, the NCAA used to routinely host events in the Garden State, including the 2011 Final Four, but once the state moved to legalize sports gambling at casinos, the NCAA was gone.

"Securing this NCAA event adds to Winston-Salem's impressive portfolio and solidifies our profile as a destination with state-of-the-art sporting facilities that generate positive economic return", said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem. The ACC's agreement to hold the game at the Charlotte venue, originally set to run through 2019, has been extended through 2020.

SC was also included on the list for men's basketball sites, with Columbia hosting opening-weekend games in 2019 and Greenville hosting in 2022. 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 ACC news comes one day after the NCAA announced it was also returning events to the state.

Another site that came out a victor, despite not being listed by the NCAA on future hosting sites, was Charlotte. By rewarding North Carolina with championship games, the NCAA has undermined its credibility and is sending a unsafe message to lawmakers across the country who are targeting LGBTQ people with discriminatory state legislation.

The NCAA previously selected the following sites to host Final Fours: San Antonio (2018), Minneapolis (2019), Atlanta (2020), Indianapolis (2021) and New Orleans (2022).

  • Sonia Alvarado