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ACC football championship, ACC baseball tournament returning to North Carolina

The league boycott of the state is over.

ACC Championship - Clemson v Virginia Tech Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A day after the NCAA announced future men’s basketball tournament hosting sites in North Carolina, the ACC has announced that it is returning a number of league championships to the state.

That includes the football championship game, which is returning to Charlotte in 2017, and the baseball tournament, which is returning to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2018. The women’s basketball tourney is returning to Greensboro in 2018.

No doubt the league was eager to return the football title game from its purgatory in Orlando, since the 2016 contest between Virginia Tech and Clemson drew only about 50,000 fans; that game is a near-certain sellout if it’s in Charlotte.

And the baseball tournament has seen some huge crowds in Durham, especially when NC State and UNC have played each other. I don’t think that event should ever be played anywhere else.

As a fan in NC, it’s nice having these events back close. And you gotta like that the football championship has returned just in time for NC State’s forthcoming appearance.