ACC football championship game to return to Charlotte

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN/WBTV) – 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 Dec. 2.

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“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.”

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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.

In September, the ACC announced it would be pulling all 10 of its neutral site championships for 2016-17 from the state of North Carolina due to House Bill Two.

Late last month, the ACC Council of Presidents voted that North Carolina will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships after a bill to repeal HB2 was passed in the North Carolina legislature and signed into law.

The ACC Football Championship Game was slated to be held in Charlotte last December but had to be moved to Orlando due to the boycott of the state.

According to Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the economic impact of the ACC Championship game in 2015 was $32.4 million. The previous year brought in $30.9 million. More than 104,000 people attended the games in 2014 and 2015.

The championship game was currently scheduled to be hosted in the city through 2019.

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. They added that Charlotte will now remain the host city through 2020.

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