NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law
Conference championships in women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis will also be back in North Carolina this year - all events that were also previously pulled from the state because of the bill.
The announcement comes after ACC leaders decided on March 31 to return ACC events to the state, following the partial repeal of HB2. The ACC and NCAA changes come two weeks after the NCAA ended its ban against the North Carolina, when it announced the organization's Board of Governors "reluctantly voted to allow consideration of championship bids in North Carolina".
The ACC followed the NCAA's lead by moving its championship events out of North Carolina, including moving the ACC football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando. In addition, the Omaha Civic Auditorium hosted NCAA Tournament play in 1977. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle.
It was also announced that Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships and 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva. I think for sure they'll bring some of their championships here.
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. "Jacksonville will compete. We are grateful for the teamwork and collaborationthat went into securing these future NCAA events and we can't wait to serve as hosts".
Prior to Lake Placid, the NCAA Division III men's ice hockey championship was hosted at Plattsburgh's Stafford Ice Arena three times.
According to the ACC, contracts with venues that had multi-year agreements with the conference were restructured and extended a year to compensate for events that were moved in 2016-17.
As NorthJersey.com notes, the NCAA used to routinely host events in the Garden State, including the 2011 Final Four, but once the state moved to legalize sports gambling at casinos, the NCAA was gone.
Dayton will continue to host the NCAA First Four through at least 2022, as it has served as the site for the start of the Division I men's basketball tournament since 2001. The course has welcomed the ACC Men's Golf Championship 20 times since 1995, including 15 consecutive years from 2002 through 2016. The respectiveNCAA sports committees and the divisional championships cabinets/committees reviewed the bid proposals and selected the sites.
The proposal for fencing was to hold the event at the Prime Osborn Center.