NCAA Tournament Games To Return To North Carolina After Bathroom Law Repeal
The NCAA will return to playing tournament games in North Carolina now that the state has repealed its controversial HB2 law, commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill.”
The NCAA released several of the future tournament sites on Tuesday and three major cities in North Carolina will host tournament games in the next few years, USA Today reports.
It was already determined that Charlotte would host tournament games in 2018, but now two other North Carolina cities have been scheduled as well. Greensboro is scheduled to host first and second round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2020, and Raleigh will host the first and second rounds of the 2021 tournament.
North Carolina has been a long-standing host for NCAA tournament games. The NCAA pulled all tournament events out of the state for the 2016-17 season in opposition of the bathroom bill. Now that the bill has been repealed, the NCAA will return to North Carolina where they plan to host a total of 23 events through 2022, according to USA Today.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament games that were scheduled to be played in Greensboro in March of 2017 were moved to South Carolina, which was only considered as a host state after they stopped flying the Confederate flag at the statehouse.
Although North Carolina is now back in the rotation for NCAA tournament events, South Carolina will also continue to host after serving as a successful substitution in March. The first and second round games of the tournament will be played in Columbia, South Carolina in 2019 and will return to Greenville, South Carolina in 2022.