ACC officially plants it's flag in Charlotte
By Kevin Tolbert
The Atlantic Coast Conference officially announced its new home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, August 29, raising the conference flag and flags of all 15 member institutions at a ceremony at the new office headquarters, Legacy Union’s Bank of America Tower in Uptown Charlotte.
In 2022, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the conference office would be relocating to Charlotte in 2023 to be better positioned as the nation's top college conferences began to undergo realignment.
This week the conference made it official - complete with a flag raising ceremony. Charlotte's mayor Vi Lyles was exuberant about the move. “I am proud to be the mayor of this wonderful city and I’m honored today to be able to raise the City of Charlotte’s flag in the ceremony. I want to say to each of you who are participating in this, on behalf of our entire community we welcome the ACC leadership, the staff, the coaches, the players, and fans,” said Lyles.
“We’re thrilled to have the following of the ACC and host the conference headquarters in our great city of Charlotte. Thank you for choosing Charlotte, thank you for choosing North Carolina, and we look forward to many years of partnership and memories. Again, let’s have a great ACC year, and welcome to the Queen City.”
The city of Charlotte has played host to a significant number of ACC events and championships over the past decade. In April 2018, the ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced a 10-year agreement that keeps the ACC Football Championship Game in Charlotte through the 2030 season. The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament has been played in Charlotte on 13 occasions, including in 2019 at the Spectrum Center. The 2021 and 2022 ACC Baseball Championships were played at Truist Field, and the league has participated in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl since its inception in 2002.