ACC relocates championships to neutral sites due to North Carolina bathroom law
The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA's lead in removing its respective championships from North Carolina to neutral sites over the state’s controversial bathroom law, the conference announced.
The law, known as HB2, limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination,” the ACC council of presidents said in a statement. “Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
The conference championships for women’s soccer, football, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s golf, men’s golf and baseball will be moved to neutral sites. The ACC football championship game was initially going to be held in Charlotte.
Earlier this summer, the NBA removed its upcoming All-Star Game out of Charlotte due to the law.