SC vying for NCAA and ACC games

- Bad news for North Carolina quickly turned into the golden opportunity for the Palmetto State.

"You're talking about millions of dollars as far as direct spending and economic impact," said Auvis Cole with York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Earlier this week, the ACC and NCAA announced they were pulling out of the Tar Heel State over HB2.

Without missing a beat, the City of Rock Hill, Winthrop University, and York County Convention & Visitors Bureau quickly estimated what games and tournaments they could hold.

"There are seven championships open for the NCAA. We’re looking into about six of those which include soccer, track and field, lacrosse, and even golf," said Cole.

And which ones they couldn't.

"It would be tough for us to go after football because we don't have a venue to host the ACC Championship for example," said John Taylor, Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director.

But they don't have all the time in the world to hit that homerun and land the games in Rock Hill.

"The NCAA bids are due September the 27th. You're talking a couple of weeks to get the bids in and the application process alone for bidding is crazy," said Cole.

And if they do score some of the big match ups now looking for a home, it could help save Charlotte from a total loss.

"We do have a really strong chance for any events that were originally scheduled to be anywhere near charlotte because those who already scheduled flights to Charlotte or even hotels won't have to change them because it's so easy to get to Rock Hill," said Ken Halpin, Winthrop University Athletics Director.

 

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