ACC Championship football game moves from Charlotte to Orlando over HB2

- The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced Thursday the football championship game has officially moved from Charlotte to Orlando over HB2.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, December 3.

The ACC said on October 5, patrons who previously purchased tickets to this year’s game in Charlotte and all Florida Citrus Sports members will have a three-day pre-sale opportunity. Tickets will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster on October 10 at 10 a.m. As in the past, the Atlantic Champion and Coastal Champion will each have an allotment that will be sold by the respective institution once they have clinched their division championship. 

RELATED: ACC pulls neutral site championship games from NC over HB2

The ACC announced in a statement at the beginning of September it will move all neutral site championship games out of North Carolina for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents:

“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

Equality NC, the statewide organization to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ NC and the Human Rights Campagin (HRC) made the following statement on Thursday.

"It has been almost 200 days since Governor Pat McCrory and his legislative allies have pushed through the worst anti-LGBTQ bill in the nation without consideration of harm to the state," said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. "Every day that goes by, LGBTQ North Carolinians are at risk of continued discrimination, and North Carolina's economy will continue to suffer. Losing the ACC championship game to Orlando is saddening, but not surprising. Orlando has comprehensive non-discrimination protections that make it a welcoming place for all fans and players. Governor McCrory needs to stop playing politics and do what's best for North Carolina. He needs to repeal HB2 and focus on protecting all North Carolinians from discrimination. Only then will we win back the NCAA, ACC, and other vital events.”

“What will it take for Governor McCrory and state legislative leaders to stop holding the people and economy of North Carolina hostage?” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The ACC, based in Greensboro, has now joined the growing list of organizations moving games and other events out of state in order to protect fans, students, and employees from Governor McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law. The ACC’s decision to move the 2016 football championship to Orlando -- a city with a perfect 100 point Municipal Equality Index score that has also come together in the wake of a tragic attack on the LGBTQ community -- has sent an especially strong message to Governor McCrory and his allies. The days of attacking LGBTQ people for political gain are over.”
 

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