The NCAA has announced new sites for each of the seven championship events moved out of the state of North Carolina last month because of opposition to the state’s HB2 bill. That includes an opening round set of games in the 2017 men’s basketball NCAA tournament, which will now be hosted in Greenville, S.C. on March 17 and 19.
Here’s the complete list of events the NCAA is moving:
The NCAA has selected seven new sites for championships relocated from North Carolina last month: https://t.co/g0zaPO7RFE pic.twitter.com/bzbX27KzI1— NCAA (@NCAA) October 7, 2016
Several venues were vying for the relocated NCAA tournament games, including The Palestra, Penn’s basketball gym, which opened nearly 90 years ago. The historic venue has a capacity of 9,000, and ultimately the NCAA decided on the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, which seats nearly 16,000.
The received strong support from both the ACC and North Carolina-based Duke University after it’s announcement. The ACC quickly followed the NCAA’s lead by moving its football conference championship game to Orlando.
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