ACC moving league office to Charlotte

After 70 years, the ACC’s main office will leave Greensboro and move to Charlotte in 2023, the league announced Tuesday.
The company is expected to move to Charlotte after 70 years in Greensboro.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 11:30 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its league office to the Queen City.

After 70 years, the ACC’s main office will leave Greensboro and move to Charlotte in 2023, the league announced Tuesday.

“The unanimous decision completes a comprehensive review and assessment, under the direction of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, to ensure that the conference office is best positioned for the future and changing dynamics of intercollegiate athletics,” an ACC announcement read in part.

The ACC’s new headquarters will be located in uptown Charlotte as part of Legacy Union’s Bank of America Tower, according to the announcement.

“After a comprehensive, inclusive and deliberate process, the Board decided that Charlotte – an amazing and vibrant community – not only meets, but exceeds, the needs of the ACC. Our new home will provide both known and unknown benefits to our student-athletes, member schools and conference office staff,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement. “The decision to relocate from Greensboro was a difficult one, and the entire city and its first-class representatives will always hold an incredibly special place in the history and legacy of the ACC.”

The ACC is a collegiate athletic conference with 15 member schools across 10 states that reside primarily along the east coast.

Founded in Greensboro nearly 70 years ago, the conference sponsors 27 sports with nearly 10,000 student-athletes, a news release stated.

“I’m very excited and happy to welcome the Atlantic Coast Conference as Charlotte’s newest resident,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said. “Charlotte is one of the best sports towns in the country and a growing destination for sports events so having the ACC call Charlotte home bolsters our reputation nationally.

With the new headquarters in Charlotte, the Queen City will see more collegiate sporting events.

“It’s a natural fit for any team to come in and out of the Charlotte metro area,” said Joel Davis, who works in Legacy Union’s Bank of America Tower where the new H.Q. will be housed.

Tripp Caldwell, an avid fan of the ACC said, “to keep it in North Carolina I think is exciting, I think geographically it makes the most sense still.”

The ACC believes Charlotte is the best place to position its office for the future of collegiate sports, this after nearly 13 months of assessments and vetting multiple cities for the headquarters.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said, “we wanted a home that had population size and positive growth trends, growth and diversity of population, access to a large international airport or a hub airport with effective accessibility to and from all ACC members.”

The league will relocate all operations from Greensboro to Charlotte over the next 8-10 months, allowing their current staff of about 50 people to decide if they want to move to the Queen City.

“I can only imagine by them being local here that it’s going to bring more championship games, more competition, things from that standpoint,” said Davis.

Vince Price, the Atlantic Coast Conference Board of Directors Chair said, “there are a lot of both economic and non-economic benefits that drive this decision and we look forward to continued and expanded partnerships, especially in the years ahead through Greensboro which will continue to host future ACC Championships as well.”

Collegiate sports fans are just excited to be on the front row of more events coming to the Queen City.

Caldwell said, “It’s sad that it’s leaving Greensboro, but excited now that I live in Charlotte for it to be coming to Charlotte.”

Danny Morrison, the executive director of Charlotte Sports Foundations released a statement saying: “The Charlotte Sports Foundation is excited to welcome our friends at the ACC to the Queen City. The addition of the conference office further solidifies Charlotte as a major hub for sports and we look forward to a continued strong partnership with the ACC.