That speculation over whether the NCAA will bring championship games back to North Carolina has ended. It’s announced which cities will host college championships through 2022.
And yes, North Carolina will host some events.
But if you live in Charlotte, and want to attend one of the new championships you better gas up your car.
The speculation was spurred by the NCAA itself, when, after the end of HB 2 it reluctantly agreed to consider North Carolina sites for championships again.
Of the 133 reported North Carolina bids, 21 were successful. But that's one less than the city of Pittsburgh landed all on its own.
Congrats go out to Greensboro which landed men's basketball first and second round March Madness games in 2020 and women's regional basketball in 2019. Also, the Division 1 swimming and diving championships in 2021.
Raleigh landed a golf regional in 2020 and men's basketball first and second round games in 2021.
Cary landed the Soccer College Cup in 2019 and 2021 and the Division 2 Baseball Championship in 2019.
And for Field Hockey fans, Winston-Salem will host some championship games in 2019.
If you're waiting for me to announce what's being played in Charlotte, don’t.
We will, of course, host first and second round March Madness games next year. Those were reinstated by the NCAA after the end of HB 2.
Beyond that, well, nothing. Until at least 2023.