NCAA announces new locations for relocated championships
The NCAA announced the relocation sites for seven of the championship events that were scheduled to be held in North Carolina.
The events will be held in various sites around the country.
Last month, the NCAA said it was moving those games out of the state in response to the controversial bathroom law, known as House Bill 2. HB2 limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
"We appreciate our member institutions and the many cities across the country who were involved in the bid process for these championship sites,” said Joni Comstock, NCAA interim executive vice president of championships and alliances. “The sports committees were pleased with the quantity and quality of the bids received and are confident the selected sites will host championships that provide an outstanding experience for student-athletes, membership and fans.”
Among the championship events moved, include the opening two rounds of the 2017 men’s basketball tournament, which were scheduled to be played March 17 and 19 in Greensboro, N.C. The games will now be played on the same dates at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
Other championship events that were moved are the Division I women’s soccer championship, which will now be held on Dec. 2 and 4 in San Jose, Calif., and the Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships in Salem, Va., set for Dec. 2 and 3.
Also moved were the Division I women’s golf championships regionals to be played in Athens, Ga. from May 8 to 10, the Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. from May 8 to 10, the Division I women’s lacrosse championship in Boston from May 8 to 10, and the 2017 Division II baseball championship scheduled for May 27 to June 3 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The soccer, tennis, lacrosse and baseball championship were to be held in Cary, N.C., while women’s golf championships were moved out of Greenville.
The NBA also moved its coming All-Star Game out of North Carolina over the law. The game will be held in New Orleans.
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