North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday he believe sports would return to his state following Thursday's repeal of the controversial HB2 "bathroom bill."
The ACC is the first to say it would again consider the state to host championship events after Coopersigned HB142, which repeals HB2.
"The ACC Council of Presidents has voted that North Carolina will again be considered for hosting future ACC Championships," the conference said in a brief statement released Friday.
The passing of HB2 last year led to the2017 NBA All-Star Game being moved from Charlotte to New Orleans, the first-round games in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament beingmoved from Greensboro to Greenville, S.C., and theACC's football championship game being movedfrom Charlotte to Orlando.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement released Thursday that the "recently passed legislation allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion with the ACC Council of Presidents regarding neutral site conference championships being held in the state of North Carolina."
Charlotte had hosted the ACC football championship game from 2010 until 2015 and the state of North Carolina is the hub of the conference with four member schools in the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Duke.
Since the ACC basketball tournament started was first held in 1954, North Carolina cities have hosted it 51 of the 64 years.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that the NCAA's board of governors will decide next week if it will again consider North Carolina venues as host sites for future championship events.
Cooper said he has had "a lot of contact" with NCAA officials and believes the partial repeal will be enough to satisfy their concerns.
HB2nullified Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that extended legal protection for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.It also requiredtransgender people to use the bathroom that would correspondwith the gender on their birth certificate in government buildings.
HB142 was met with harsh criticism from the LGBT community, saying the compromised partial repeal does not do enough to protect their civil rights.