On Thursday, it was reported that the 2017 NBA All-Star weekend event out of Charlotte, North Carolina due to the state passing the controversial House Bill 2, which forces transgender people to use the bathroom appropriate to the sex on their birth certificates. It looks like the ACC won’t be moving out of the city just yet, but there is still a possibility that it could happen in the future.
The league decided to keep the game at Bank of America Stadium back in May, when the bill was initially passed. Following the NBA’s decision on Thursday, ACC commissioner John Swofford addressed the issue, saying that the conference would revisit the possibility of leaving Charlotte later this year in October.
“We had a long discussion about this issue in May at our spring meetings, and at that time made the determination as to where our championships would be held for the ’16-17 year,” Swofford said via ESPN. “Whatever we do won’t be because of what the NBA does. And I don’t mean that disrespectfully. We’ll do what we think is right and best for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“Right now what our schools want to do is to see how this plays out and where it ends up, because it’s still in process to one degree or another and the courts may well ultimately decide that.”
The ACC has held its championship game in Charlotte for the last six years and is going into its seventh year at the Carolina Panthers’ home stadium. Before the 2010 season, it was held in Florida, twice at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and three times at what is now EverBank Field in Jacksonville.