ACC moves football championship game to Orlando

BY foxsports • September 29, 2016

The ACC has found a new home for this season's football championship game, announcing Thursday the Dec. 3 game will be played in Orlando.

The game at Camping World Stadium will mark the sixth time the ACC title game has been played in Florida. Jacksonville hosted the first thee years (2005-07), and it was in Tampa in '08 and '09.

The ACC and Camping World Stadium have an existing relationship, with the Citrus Bowl previously having a tie-in with the conference from 1987-91 and the Russell Athletic Bowl currently puts an ACC team in that game each year. The stadium also hosted Florida State in this season's opener against Ole Miss.

On Sept. 14, the conference announced it was pulling all championship games out of North Carolina for 2016 -- including the football game in Charlotte -- in response to North Carolina's House Bill 2. Best know for requiring visitors to schools and other government facilities to use bathrooms of the corresponding gender on their birth certificates, not the ones they may identify with, it also includes a state-wide law that prohibits local governments from passing protections that run counter to that law.

Along with football, the ACC also pulled its women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, mens and women's golf and baseball championships.

The NBA had already moved its All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans, and the NCAA followed suit, removing seven events in soccer -- Division I women's in Caray and Division III men's and women's in Greensboro -- basketball -- men's first- and second-round games in Greensboro -- golf -- Division I women in Greenville -- tennis -- Division III men's and women in Caray -- lacrosse -- Division I women in Caray -- and baseball -- Division I, also in Caray.


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