The 2016 ACC Championship Football Game Will Not be Held in North Carolina Due to HB2

The ACC announced on Wednesday that due to the North Carolina HB2 law, the Championship Game for football and several other neutral conference games would be relocated out of the state.

The ACC announced Wednesday that it would move all neutral site conference games out of the state of North Carolina because of the HB2 law. This includes the ACC Football Championship that was under contract to be held in Charlotte, as it has been since 2011. The new neutral site location will be announced at a later date. This is obviously a shame for Clemson because Charlotte was an ideal location, but as Dabo said yesterday, "We just hope we're in the championship. We'll play on Pluto if we have to." Dabo also jokingly said, "Hopefully everyone will be able to use the bathroom."

The ACC released the statement below on Wednesday:

Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents:
“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. 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.”

Statement from Clemson University President James P. Clements, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents:
“The ACC presidents engaged in a constructive, wide-ranging and vigorous discussion of this complex issue over the past two days. The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while HB 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.”

Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford:
“The ACC Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount. Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected. Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.”

Neutral site championships (in date order):
Women’s Soccer
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Women’s Golf
Men’s Golf
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