(Charlotte, NC) Sep 20, 2022 – After months of statewide effort, today the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that Charlotte would be their new headquarters.
Charlotte is cited as a strong fit for the future of the ACC. The city has hosted 11 of the last 12 ACC football championship games, is the annual home for the conference’s preseason football and basketball gatherings. Moreover, ESPN, the league’s media partner, has a studio facility in Charlotte.
“Today is a transformational day for the ACC and for our 15 world class institutions,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “We truly appreciate the state of North Carolina for its dedication to keeping the conference headquarters in the state, and the Charlotte leadership for their commitment and ongoing partnership. After a comprehensive, inclusive and deliberate process, the Board decided that Charlotte – an amazing and vibrant community – not only meets, but exceeds, the needs of the ACC.
Charlotte beat out other contenders, such as sites in Florida. The ACC will be housed in the Legacy Union Building, will initially bring 50 jobs to the city, and will generate over 2,000 hotel stays each year for events outside of sports tournaments.
“I am excited to put another feather in the cap of Charlotte, as well as excited the North Carolina was able to retain the Conference HQ,” said Tariq Bokhari, Founder of the Carolina Fintech Hub. “I’m happy that the Carolina Fintech Hub was able to play a material role in achieving this win, and even more excited in the technology win this brings, since the ACC will be building out gameday operations and production studio capabilities in our already booming tech town.”