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ACC To Move Championships Back To North Carolina After HB2 Repeal

The ACC has announced that it will move championship games, including football, back to North Caroina after the repeal of HB2 earlier this month.

The conference officially announced the move today.

As announced previously by the Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents, contracted league championships will return to neutral sites in the state of North Carolina, beginning with the 13th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on December 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Championship events in women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis will also return to the state during the 2017-18 academic year, and the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will follow suit in November 2018.

The ACC moved the championships following backlash to the state's House Bill 2, also known as the "bathroom bill." In its place, state lawmakers have introduced House Bill 142, which civil rights advocates criticize as being similarly discriminatory. Some have also put forward House Bill 728, which, if passed, would pull North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if it boycotts the state again.

So far, the ACC hasn't responded to the criticisms of HB142 or the threat of HB728. Without the significant outside pressure that came with HB2, it probably won't feel compelled to, either.