CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced new venues for its championship games after the events were pulled from North Carolina over fallout from the controversial House Bill 2.
The ACC announced it was pulling eight of its 2016-17 league championships from North Carolina three weeks ago.
Last week the league announced the ACC Football Championship game was being moved to Orlando's Camping World Stadium. The game was initially slated to be hosted in Charlotte.
HB2 requires individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate in government buildings, schools and universities, and initially took away the ability of employees to sue their employers in state court for discrimination or wrongful termination, among other things.
Months later, the legislature voted only to change a portion of HB2 that stripped workers of the right to sue their employers for wrongful termination.
The bill was passed in a one-day special session in late March and was signed by Governor Pat McCrory later that night.
It came as a response to a non-discrimination ordinance passed in February by the Charlotte City Council. The ordinance broadly defined how businesses should treat gay, lesbian and transgender customers. The debate, as in other cities, focused on bathrooms.
The decision to pull all "neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year" from NC came three weeks ago during a meeting of the ACC Council of Presidents in Clemson.
"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," a release from the council said. "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," the statement continued. "All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office."
The move came two days after the National College Association of Athletes (NCAA)'s announced it would pull all championship events from North Carolina over issues surrounding House Bill 2.
Championship sites and dates announced on Tuesday are as follows and include several date changes from the original schedule released in July:
- ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, Nov. 4 & 6 – MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, South Carolina
- ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving/Men’s Diving Championships, Feb. 13-16 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia
- ACC Men’s Swimming Championship, Feb. 27-March 2 (change from original date) – Georgia Tech Aquatics Center; Atlanta, Georgia
- ACC Women’s Golf Championship, April 13-15 (change from original date) – The Reserve Golf Club; Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
- ACC Men’s Golf Championship, April 21-23 – Musgrove Mill Golf Club; Clinton, South Carolina
- ACC Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, April 26-30 – Rome Tennis Center at Berry College; Rome, Georgia
- ACC Baseball Championship, May 23-28 – Louisville Slugger Field; Louisville, Kentucky
With the exception of the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center, each of the sites announced on Tuesday will be hosting an ACC Championship for the first time.
Eight states within the ACC footprint are now scheduled to host at least one conference championship in 2016-17.
The ACC will announce additional details, including ticket information for all championships, at a future date. Please continue to check theACC.com.