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ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law changeā€

In September, the ACC pulled all of its "neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year", including the football championship in Charlotte, over House Bill 2.

In addition to opening weekend for the 2020 and 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournaments, the NCAA also awarded North Carolina rounds in the Division I men's and women's soccer championships, as well as a Division I field hockey championship, in the coming years.

Earlier this month, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed a compromise deal to repeal House Bill 2, the beleaguered law that blocked cities from enacting LGBT protections and prohibited transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice.

North Carolina is included as one of the states listed to host ACC championship events between the years 2018-2022, the ACC announced Wednesday. "I think they value North Carolina and want to be here and we'll look forward to what they say". "We are thrilled to renew our relationships with so many terrific people, outstanding cities and first-class venues".

The ACC's announcement comes the day after the NCAA announced championship events would return to Greensboro, Wintson-Salem, Cary and Raleigh.

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"This is certainly great news and a true testament from the NCAA as to the confidence they have in our department and SUNY Plattsburgh to continue to provide a true championship experience for the student-athletes", said Plattsburgh State Director of Athletics Mike Howard.

According to NCAA.org, UNC Charlotte will host the first and second rounds of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship in 2018 at the Spectrum Arena on March 16 and 18. The ACC's agreement to hold the game at the Charlotte venue, originally set to run through 2019, has been extended through 2020.

On Tuesday, following the state passage of a fig leaf of a bill that did little to reverse discrimination against LGBTQ citizens in North Carolina, the NCAA caved, following the fine example set by the National Basketball Association.

Events already scheduled there for the 2017-18 sports season, which includes men's basketball tournament games in Charlotte, among others, will remain in place.

The ACC Men's Golf Championship will return to New London's Old North State Club on April 20-22, 2018. Columbia, South Carolina, last hosted games in 1970, while Hartford, Connecticut, has not served as host since 1998. The venue has been the site of the league's tennis championships 11 times since 2005.

Swimming & Diving: The 2018 ACC Women's Swiming & Diving Championships will be held February 14-17 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.



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