ACC moves football championship game from North Carolina
The ACC on Wednesday announced it will relocate its 2016 football championship game from North Carolina following the recent move by the NCAA. Both organizations cite the controversial “bathroom bill” that has been discussed in the media for multiple months now.
The game was previously slated to be held in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. The contract between the venue and the ACC to host the conference championship game runs through 2019, but the league’s decision will affect only this year’s contest.
“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,” the ACC Council of Presidents wrote in a statement. “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. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
The ACC’s decision to remove the football championship game from its home state will not affect the Belk Bowl, which is also played at Bank of America Stadium.
Webb said the decision "has no impact" on the Belk Bowl, which will be played on Dec. 29 in Charlotte
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