Yesterday Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports reported that the officials of the Atlantic Coast Conference have approved for the conference’s championship game to remain in Charlotte, NC at the Bank of America Stadium. The contract with Charlotte expires after this year’s game on Dec. 7, but it appears there were not really any serious considerations to stray from the city.
Four of the ACC’s schools (Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest) are located in North Carolina, but none call Charlotte home. With the majority of the conference located in North Carolina, it is understandable that the state hosts the championship game. But realistically, it is unlikely that any of these schools will be playing in the final game, which raises the question: should the ACC move the championship to a state that has shown more dominance in football?
One could make a great case for Florida, as both No. 6 Florida State and No. 13 Miami are in the midst of undefeated seasons. And of course, South Carolina is home of No. 3 Clemson. The championship game will most likely be a repeat of the Oct. 19 matchup between Clemson and Florida State, already set for primetime on ABC.
So what makes the Bank of America Stadium so special? It is home to the Carolina Panthers and seats over 73,000. It has hosted the ACC championship game since 2010 and the Belk Bowl since 2002. But most important seems to be the desire to set up consistency by using one city. Mike Bobinski, the athletic director at Georgia Tech, was quoted saying “…one location does give it a chance to establish roots” in an article for SB Nation’s Card Chronicle.