ATLANTA -- Since the NCAA and ACC have removed their championships from North Carolina, Georgia's local colleges and venues have an opportunity to host the events.
Monday, the NCAA moved seven upcoming championships that were scheduled to be played in North Carolina. The events were removed because of the state's controversial House Bill 2. The ACC, which is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., followed suit, pulling its conference championships and regionals out of the state.
Kennesaw State has been contacted by the NCAA about hosting a championship removed from N.C., according to a university spokesperson. The call was mostly a courtesy to inform them that registration for the bidding process was open, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 27.
The spokesperson said the registration to host any of the championships is open to any member school in the country. The University has not yet registered and is discussing the possibility internally.
A spokesperson from Georgia Tech said the ACC has not contacted the school about hosting any of the championships pulled from N.C.
Tech's facilities are more than capable to host large events, especially the Aquatic Center, which hosted the NCAA championships in March this year and in 2006. It was also a venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
A UGA spokesperson said the school has not been contacted by the NCAA, but confirmed that the bidding process was open to any member school that wished to enter. He said it was too soon to know if the University would be putting in a bid for any event.
Georgia could struggle in a bid for the Division I men's basketball NCAA tournament first/ seconds rounds if it decided to submit one. While Stegeman Coliseum (10,523 seats) meets the minimum seating capacity for a tournament venue of 10,000, it has few hotel rooms around it, most more than one mile away.
Dan Corso, President of the Atlanta Sports Council, released a statement acknowledging the events pulled from N.C.
"We have not had any discussions with the ACC, NCAA or other regional partners about these specific events," Corso said in the statement.
The ACC moved 10 conference championships out of N.C., including the football conference championship. The NCAA has already reached out to Orlando's Camping World Stadium about hosting the event, according to ESPN.
Here are the events that have been moved out of N.C.:
- Women’s soccer: Nov. 4, 6; Cary
- Football: Dec. 3; Charlotte
- Men’s and women’s swimming and diving: Feb. 15-18; Greensboro
Women’s basketball: March 1-5; Greensboro
- Men’s and women’s tennis: April 26-30; Cary
- Women’s golf: April 21-23, Greensboro
- Men’s golf: April 21-23; New London
- Baseball: May 23-28; Durham
- 2016 DI Women's soccer: Dec. 2, 4; Cary
- 2016 DIII Men's and Women's Soccer: Dec. 2, 3; Greensboro
- 2017 DI Men's Baksetball First/ Second Rounds, March 17, 19; Greensboro
- 2017 DI Women's Golf Regionals: May 8-10; Greenville
- 2017 DIII Men's and Women's Tennis: May 22-27; Cary
- 2017 DI Women's Lacrosse Championship: May 26-28; Cary
- 2017 DII Baseball Championship: May 27-June 3: Cary