The ACC is moving its football championship game out of North Carolina, following the NCAA's lead to not host major events in state as a protest to the state's "bathroom law," commonly known as HB2.
Charlotte's loss could be the ACC's gain. Given the league's wide geographical footprint and zeal to push it further, the up-for-grabs title game could prove to be an important pawn in the league's strategic planning.
Or the ACC can put the game in Orlando.
With that critical choice in mind, here are 10 venues the ACC should consider for the title game:
FedEx Stadium - Landover, Maryland
Relatively centrally located for the league, moving the game to the D.C. area would help fend off the Big Ten, which is going all-in on the region after landing Maryland, which is becoming the Helen of Troy of college sports. There's only one way to settle this: a 10-year turf war over who gets the rights to unpaid labor.
Nissan Stadium - Nashville
If the ACC doesn't want to take on the Big Ten, it can infringe on SEC territory. Nashville is a wonderful city, and the 40 people who have been to this stadium have said nice things.
Or, if the ACC is interested in battling the SEC, it can go all-in. Hear me out: Friday-Saturday conference championship game doubleheader. It's proximate for Clemson and Florida State fans, who are the only people who show up for the game anyway ...
MetLife Stadium - New Jersey
I seriously want the ACC-Big Ten war to escalate. Also, the weather would be a true test of a champion.
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa
Two words: pirate ship.
The weather would be great, so who cares if only Florida State fans show up (regardless of who is in the game — keep an eye on StubHub for $2 tickets.)
EverBank Field - Jacksonville
If you're going to host a sparsely attended game in a soulless NFL stadium every year, at least have the decency to include a pool.
Hard Rock Stadium - South Florida
It might provide a home-field advantage for the Miami Hurricanes, but let's be honest, that's not going to be a problem anytime soon. Plus, you can look at the rhythm guitarist of Styx's Stratocaster while eating microwaved mozzarella sticks here.
Yankee Stadium - New York
You're going to have to do something novel to get anyone to pay attention to this game. This is novel — sort of. The Yankees will seemingly host anyone. They can play the game between a Billy Joel concert and the NYCFC-Columbus Crew game.
Fenway Park — Boston
Now this is novel. Do this.
Camping World Stadium - Orlando
Put on your white crew socks with your Tevas, we're going to Orlando! Every dad with prescription sunglasses and a stiff FSU Costco polo is going to be turned up, as the kids say. I hear there's a Cheesecake Factory nearby, too. Pregame Stellas for everyone!