ACC's Championships could end up in Gwinnett County

DULUTH, Ga. -- Gwinnett County could make a push to bring one or more of the ACC Championships moved out of N.C. to its venues.

Wednesday, the ACC moved 10 conference championships out of N.C. because of the controversial state law HB2, known as the "bathroom law." The decision came two days after the NCAA moved several of its championships out of the state.

Gwinnett Sports Commission Executive Director Stan Hall said he is interested in bringing an ACC championship to the county despite having to expedite the usual process of submitting a bid.

The deadline to submit a bid is Sept. 27, which is less than two weeks for schools or venues to prepare.

"It would be challenging, but not impossible, to get a bid in before the deadline," Hall said in an email to 11Alive. "We will evaluate, as a team, the benefits of looking further into these events while exercising due diligence  consideration of logistics and financial feasibility in doing so."

Hall has had discussions with the ACC in the past about hosting the ACC baseball championship in May at Coolray Field, the home of the Gwinnett Braves Minor League Baseball team.

He added that the Infinite Energy Center would be well suited to host the ACC women's basketball tournament in March. The venue has hosted the SEC women's basketball tournament four times, most recently in 2014.

As of Thursday morning, Hall said he has not reached out to the ACC about the championships, nor have they contacted him.

Other NCAA and ACC events could make their way to Georgia's colleges.

Kennesaw State University was contacted by the NCAA Wednesday about potentially hosting an event, according to a University spokesperson. The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and any member school can enter a bid to host an NCAA event.

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