House Bill 2 has cost North Carolina a lot; jobs, events and business deals, to name a few things. This weekend will be a reminder of that as Florida and California reap what North Carolina was supposed to: Millions of dollars in economic impact from the ACC Championship and NCAA Women’s College Cup.
Saturday would have marked the sixth year ACC football fans gathered in Charlotte to see their teams square off in the title game – an event that brought an estimated $32.4 million overall economic impact to the area last year, according to the Charlotte Area Visitors Authority.
In 2014, there was a $30.9 million economic impact from the championship.
“The cancellation of the 2016 ACC Football Championship is a blow to Charlotte’s visitor economy and is irreplaceable at this late date,” said CRVA CEO Tom Murray. “The event has consistently generated significant economic impact for the city that greatly contributes to our quality of life in Charlotte and in North Carolina and helps sustain thousands of jobs. We’ve proven to be a welcoming host city for these events and hope we’ll have the opportunity to bring the championship back to Charlotte in future years.”
This year would have been the eighth time the Town of Cary prospered from hosting the NCAA Women’s College Cup and it would have been the 18th time the championship was played in North Carolina.
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance projected the NCAA College Cup would draw at least 10,000 people to the Cary area and estimated spending would have started at about $440,000, but both are conservative estimates since the University of North Carolina is playing in the tournament.
The ACC and NCAA made announcements in September that the games would be moved to other areas in opposition to HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation that was passed earlier this year.