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9/21/2022 6:32:00 AM
Saying Goodbye to Greensboro After 59 Years

Wayne Howard

After 59 years in Greensboro, the Atlantic Coast Conference office is moving to Charlotte next year. The office can only be moved if at least 10 of the member schools approve, and this week, in a virtual meeting, the conference's university presidents and chancellors unanimously approved the relocation.

“The Board of Directors is pleased that the conference headquarters will be joining the Charlotte community and is quite excited about the long-term opportunities that will afford,” ACC Board of Directors Chair and Duke University President Vincent Price said in a Tuesday release. “Today is a transformational day for the ACC and for our 15 world class institutions."

Current members of the conference are NC State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida State, UNC, Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Notre Dame is a conference member for sports other than football and hockey. They play as an independent in football and have a lucrative tv contract that will last until 2025; they are a Big 10 member for hockey.

The ACC was founded on May 8, 1953, mostly by former members of the old Southern Conference: NC State, UNC, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Maryland. Virginia joined the conference later that year. The Southern Conference still exists, of course, but has lost many of its charter members. A large group founded the Southeastern Conference in 1932 and the creation of the ACC was the other big exodus. Both Appalachian State and Davidson were former members of that league.

Now, there's talk that some of the teams in the ACC may be leaving for the Southeastern Conference. Clemson is most often included in that discussion. Florida State and Miami are also often mentioned. So far, there has been no announcement of any departures, but other teams from other leagues have announced moving intentions.

Among them, Southern Cal and UCLA will join the Big 10 in 2024; Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida (UCF) will join the Big 12 in 2023. Oklahoma and Texas are expected to leave that conference for the Southeastern in 2025.

The ACC's headquarters relocation is just the latest chapter in the move away from Greensboro.  Older readers will remember when the ACC basketball championship was played every year at the Greensboro Coliseum.  In recent years, it has been moved from city to city.  The football championship was played in Florida for five years, but has been played in Charlotte in all but one year since (it was played in Orlando in 2016.  Since 2000, the basketball tournament has been played Since 2000, the tournament has been played nine times in Greensboro, four times in Charlotte, three times in Atlanta, twice in Washington, DC, twice in Brooklyn and once in Tampa.  The 2022 tournament was played in Brooklyn; the 2023 tournament will be in Greensboro.  

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