ACC announces Championship Sites for 2015-16
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference unveiled its championship sites for the 2015-16 academic year on Thursday as the league concluded its annual spring meetings.
As previously announced, the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played for a sixth straight year at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 5. The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., will welcome the New York Life ACC Tournament for the second time – and the first time since 2005 –March 8-12. The Greensboro Coliseum will play host to the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament (March 2-6) for a 17th straight year.
Meanwhile, the ACC Baseball Championship is set to return to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, for the second straight year and the fifth time in eight years on May 24-29, 2016.
The first ACC championships of the 2015-16 season will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, as Florida State plays host to the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country events.
Virginia’s Turf Field will be the site of the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship Nov. 5, 6 and 8, while WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, will be the site of the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 6 and Nov. 8.
In a change from previous seasons, all four rounds of the 2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will be held at campus sites, with the higher seeded teams serving as hosts for each game. The first round is set for Nov. 4, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 8. Semifinal games will be played Nov. 11, followed by the championship match on Nov. 15.
The Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) will play host to the first ACC championship of the 2016 calendar year on Feb. 17-20, when it welcomes ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving, as well as Men’s Diving. The venue will also serve as home to the ACC Men’s Swimming Championship Feb. 24-27. Next February will mark the beginning of a seven-year association between the conference and the GAC, as it was announced on Thursday as that the venue will also serve as the host site for the ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from 2017 through 2022.
Notre Dame is set to host its first-ever full ACC Championship on Feb. 27-28, when the conference’s four fencing teams are set to battle for the league title.
The ACC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts, on Feb. 25-27. Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena will play host to the ACC Wrestling Championship on March 5 or 6.
The ACC Women’s Golf Championship returns to Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club on April 15-17. The ACC Men’s Golf Championship will be held one week later (April 22-24) at the Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina. It will mark the ninth straight year for the Women’s Golf Championship at Sedgefield, and the 15th straight year for the ACC Men’s Championship at Old North State. Both courses will continue their long association with those Championships after next spring, as it was announced during Thursday’s meetings that each will continue to host their respective events through 2020.
The Cary Tennis Park will welcome the ACC Men’s and Women’s Championships for an eighth straight year April 20-24.
Kennesaw State in Atlanta will be the site of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship on April 29-May 1. The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship is scheduled for Virginia Tech on April 28-May 1.
The ACC Softball Championship is scheduled May 12-14 at NC State. Florida State will host the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for a second straight year on May 13-15.
The ACC Women’s Rowing Championship will return to South Carolina and Clemson’s Lake Hartwell on May 13-14, with the ACC Baseball Championship in the final week of May bringing down the curtain on the 2015-16 sports season.
The ACC is currently wrapping up a successful 2014-15 academic year, with three conference Championships remaining on the spring schedule and a number of teams and student-athlete currently competing in NCAA play. The ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are set today through Saturday at Florida State, and Clemson will play host to the ACC Rowing Championships on Friday and Saturday. The ACC Baseball Championship will be held May 19-24 in Durham.
ACC teams have claimed 2014-15 NCAA championships in men’s basketball (Duke), men’s soccer (Virginia) and women’s soccer (Florida State). In addition, ACC student-athletes claimed nine NCAA individual titles in the sports of swimming and diving, indoor track and field, fencing and wrestling.