ACC announces fall Olympic sports schedule
|Friday, September 4, 2020, 11:25 AM-|
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its fall Olympic sports schedules on Friday. The announcement follows the previous release on plans for football and fall Olympic Sports on July 29 and applies with enhanced health and safety protocols of the ACC’s Medical Advisory Report.
ACC men’s soccer kicks off the weekend of Sept. 10-13. Teams will play in two regions, with six conference games against regional opponents over a nine-week period. An eight-team ACC Championship will begin Sunday, Nov. 15 and continues with the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The four North Carolina institutions will serve as the quarterfinal and semifinal venues. The championship game is planned for Sunday, Nov. 22, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
ACC women’s soccer also begins next weekend. There will be an eight-game conference schedule, which concludes on Sunday, Nov. 1. An eight-team ACC Championship is planned for WakeMed Soccer Park, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10. The semifinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 13, while the championship will be Sunday, Nov. 15.
ACC cross country action begins for several teams the weekend of Sept. 11-12, and the season will continue through the weekend of Oct. 23-24. The 2020 ACC Championships are planned for Friday, Oct. 30, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The ACC field hockey regular season opens Friday, Sept. 18 and concludes Sunday, Nov. 1. Each of the ACC’s seven teams will play a six-game conference schedule (single round-robin). Duke is scheduled to play host to the ACC Championship Nov. 5, 6 and 8.
ACC Volleyball will play an eight-game conference schedule in three regions. Over five weeks, beginning Sept. 25-27, each team will play its four region opponents twice.
Broadcast selections via the ACC’s television partners are in progress and once finalized will be reflected on theACC.com.
Information specific to 2020 fall competition for the league’s Olympic Sports is included below. The league’s leadership, and its medical advisory group, will continue to meet on a weekly basis to share information and discuss medical issues related to the ACC’s return to play. Should any future adjustments be necessary, the ACC Board of Directors will do so at the appropriate time.
Regular season runs Sept. 11-Oct. 24
Seven weeks of competition
ACC Championships: Friday, Oct. 30, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, featuring all 15 men’s teams and all 15 women’s teams
Eleven ACC teams will compete and play six league games (three home, three away) from Sept. 10-Nov. 8
North Region: Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech (play each division opponent once, plus one region home-and-home)
South Region: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest (play each division opponent once, plus two region home-and-homes)
ACC Tournament Format: eight teams (top four teams in each region); quarterfinals Nov. 15 and semifinals Nov. 18, hosted at the four North Carolina schools
ACC Championship: Sunday, Nov. 22, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
Sept. 11 Virginia (exh.) Charlottesville, Va. TBA
Sept. 18 Wake Forest Clemson, S.C. 6 p.m.
Sept. 25 UNC Clemson, S.C. 6 p.m.
Oct. 2 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. TBA
Oct. 5 UAB Clemson, S.C. 6 p.m.
Oct. 9 UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 Duke Clemson, S.C. 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 NC State Raleigh, N.C. 6 p.m.
Oct. 30 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 ACC Quarterfinals TBD TBA
Nov. 18 ACC Semifinals TBD TBA
Nov. 22 ACC Championship Cary, N.C. // WakeMed Soccer Park TBA
Eight league matches (four home, four away) from Sept. 17-Nov. 1
Schools will have no more than two weekends with flights, and all schools will have at least one flight
ACC Tournament format: top eight teams; quarterfinals Nov. 10, semifinals Nov. 13 and championship Nov. 15, all at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina
Regular season runs Sept. 17-Oct. 25
Eight league games over five weeks in the fall, starting Sept. 24
All 15 teams will be split among three regions:
Boston College, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt
Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest
Each team will play its four region opponents twice
Jervey Gym will have a capacity of 250, while Historic Riggs Field will welcome up to 1,000 fans this season. Face coverings will be required, and seating will be socially distanced within the facility.
Historic Riggs Field Social Distancing & Operations
Historic Riggs Field will have a unique feel during the 2020 season and Clemson asks that all fans please adhere to the following safety protocols put in place to ensure the well-being of all fans and participants.
Please refrain from coming to any Clemson sporting event if you feel sick or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.
A maximum capacity of 1,000 spectators will be strictly enforced at Historic Riggs Field. Patrons must wear a face covering at all times unless eating or drinking.
There will be no formal ticketing for the 2020 season. All seating is on a first come, first served basis. All points of entry to Historic Riggs Field will be available.
There will be no access to the field permitted prior to, during or after any match.
Seats will be available in pods of four with a six-foot radius around each pod. Please refrain from sitting in groups larger than four.
The first three rows of seats have been blocked off to ensure safety for fans and participants. Please do not sit, or attempt to enter, this area of the stands.
Drinks and pre-packaged snacks will be available at the outdoor concession stand.
Restrooms will be available for all fans. Hand sanitizers will also be strategically placed around the facility.