ACC returns to championship sites in North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina will again host Atlantic Coast Conference neutral site championships, the conference announced Tuesday.

The 13th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on December 2.

“We are pleased that ACC neutral site championships will return to the state of North Carolina beginning with the 2017-18 academic year,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We value all of our partners in North Carolina and appreciate their support and cooperation.”

The conference worked to restructure contracts with venues that had multi-year agreements to compensate for events that were moved in 2016-17, the league said.

Below are ACC championship events scheduled to return to the state of North Carolina as released on the conference’s website:

Football
The conference, in partnership with the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Sports Foundation and Visit Charlotte, announced that the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Football Game will return to Bank of America Stadium and will be played on Saturday, December 2. The ACC’s agreement to hold the game at the Charlotte venue, originally set to run through 2019, has been extended through 2020. The Dr Pepper ACC Championship Football Game has been a sellout in three of the six years it has been played in Charlotte. The 2015 game between Clemson and North Carolina attracted 74,514 fans, setting a Bank of America Stadium attendance record.

Women’s Basketball
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, for the 18th time in 19 years, on February 28-March 4, 2018. The Coliseum, with assistance from the Tournament Hosts of Greensboro, Greensboro Sports Commission and Convention and Visitors Bureau, is now set to play host to the tournament through 2023. Every attendance record for the 40-year-old tournament has been set at the Greensboro Coliseum, including the overall attendance mark of 73,187 in 2009. Overall attendance at the Greensboro Coliseum has exceeded 60,000 eight times since 2006.

Baseball
The ACC Baseball Championship will extend its current agreement with Capitol Broadcasting and the Triangle Sports Commission, returning to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 ACC Baseball Championship is scheduled for May 22-27. Three of the ACC Baseball Championship’s 10 largest overall attendance figures have been posted at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The stadium also owns the attendance record for the largest single-game crowd (11,329 for NC State versus North Carolina in 2013) and the largest crowd for a championship game (9,759 for Florida State versus NC State in 2015).

Swimming & Diving
The 2018 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving Championships will be held February 14-17 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, while the ACC Men’s Swimming Championship is set for February 21-24. The GAC is now set to host those events through 2023, with assistance from the Greensboro Sports Commission.

Men’s Golf
The ACC Men’s Golf Championship will return to New London’s Old North State Club on April 20-22, 2018. McConnell Golf is contracted for the event through 2021. The course has welcomed the ACC Men’s Golf Championship 20 times since 1995, including 15 consecutive years from 2002 through 2016.

Women’s Golf
The ACC Women’s Golf Championship will return to Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club (Ross Course) on April 20-22, 2018. McConnell Golf is contracted for the event through 2021, with assistance from the Greensboro Sports Commission. Greensboro has welcomed the ACC Women’s Golf Championship on 12 previous occasions, including eight consecutive years at Sedgefield from 2009 through 2016.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis
The ACC Tennis Championships will return to Cary Tennis Park on April 25-29, 2018. The venue has been the site of the league’s tennis championships 11 times since 2005, including eight consecutive seasons from 2009 through 2016.

Women’s Soccer
The semifinals and finals of the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship will return to Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in 2018. The Town of Cary, along with the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and North Carolina FC Youth (formerly Capital Area Soccer League), is set to host tournament play November 2 and 4 of that year. Cary has played host to all or part of the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship 11 times since 2003, including six consecutive seasons from 2008 through 2013.

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