On September 12, the NCAA elected to pull all 2016-2017 championship games out of the state of North Carolina due to HB2, a highly controversial law passed by North Carolina in March 2016 that prevents transgender citizens from choosing to use the bathroom they identify with.
With those NCAA championship games in the air in regards to where they’ll be re-located to University of South Carolina’s athletic director Ray Tanner knows one place they won’t be going: Columbia.
According to an article by the AP, Tanner said Wednesday that Columbia simply didn’t have enough full-service hotels to accommodate the games, which will be held in March.
Despite that, Tanner told the AP the university and the Columbia Regional Sports Council have submitted bids for NCAA Tournament games ranging from 2019 to 2022.
Greensboro, North Carolina, was originally awarded both first and second-round games of the NCAA tournament.
The deadline for submitting a bid to host the games lost by North Carolina is Sept. 27.