RALEIGH (WTVD) — It appears the repeal of HB2 has paid off for North Carolina. The NCAA says the state will get part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship events through 2022.
The list of events included men’s basketball tournament opening-weekend games in Greensboro in 2020 and Raleigh in 2021, as well as a women’s basketball tournament regional in Greensboro in 2019. In addition, the College Cup Division I championship rounds for men’s soccer and women’s soccer will alternate years in Cary from 2018-21, and the Division I women’s field hockey championship will be held in Winston-Salem in 2019.
The NCAA said it got more than 3,000 bid submissions from NCAA member schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities to host events.
North Carolina was put back in the running after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.
In total, North Carolina cities and universities submitted 133 bids to host NCAA events, with an estimated economic impact of $250 million.