The NCAA has announced it will relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-17.
The move means North Carolina will lose a total of seven championship events including Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Greensboro.
Cutting back ties with North Carolina didn't happen overnight for the NCAA. The Association made it very clear to cities it wouldn't stand for discrimination of any kind. A couple months ago, the NCAA decided to require cities and venues prove they don't discriminate.
2 Wants to Know learned how Greensboro and the Coliseum tried to work their way around HB2.
Last month, we told you about a questionnaire now required by all venues hosting NCAA events.
The biggest road block: question 3. “Does your city, county or state regulate choice of bathrooms or locker rooms that may affect student-athletes, coaches, administrators or game officials?”
The Coliseum didn't check yes or no. Instead, there's a long statement.
Part of it reads, "HB2 will not interfere with a non-discriminatory NCAA Championship experience for any person.”
Mayor Nancy Vaughan said she's disappointed but not surprised by the NCAA's decision. "We kind of felt that this was coming given the questionnaire that the NCAA sent out. And we knew that we wouldn't be able to meet it because of some of the things the legislature has done."
Even though the questions required just a yes and no answer, there was more elaboration. Also written on the questionnaire, "we are not aware of a single instance where the environment was not safe, healthy and free of discrimination.”
Another interesting point, the coliseum wrote it will have a “cultural diversity and equity official” on site. That person will address questions and concerns from visitors and make certain the venue is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.
To build up the City even more, the response also included the City's non-discrimination ordinance it had on the books and City Council's official opposition to HB2.
Mayor Vaughan said it's important to include that information. “The City of Greensboro has been extremely progressive and we wanted to point those things out. You couldn't do that on the questionnaire."
As a final note in the response, the Coliseum stated all new construction at the complex will accommodate gender neutral and family restrooms.
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