Sites for the next five years of NCAA championships were announced Tuesday, and after a controversial year of legislation, the state of North Carolina will host several events.
The first and second rounds of the men's NCAA basketball tournament in 2020 and 2021 will be held in Greensboro and Raleigh, respectively, and the men's and women's soccer College Cup will be hosted in the state, as well.
The full slate of NCAA Tournament sites is below (note: Dayton, Ohio will remain host of the First Four from 2019-22):
2019 First/Second Rounds: Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Fla.;Columbia, S.C.; Salt Lake City;Tulsa, Okla.;Des Moines, Iowa;Seattle;Hartford, Conn.
2019 Regionals: Kansas City; Louisville; Anaheim, Calif.; Washington, D.C.
2020 First/Second Rounds: Spokane, Wash., St. Louis; Tampa; Albany, N.Y.; Sacramento, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Cleveland; Greensboro, N.C.
2020 Regionals: Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Houston, New York
2021 First/Second Rounds: Dallas; Detroit; Boise, Idaho; Lexington, Kent.; Wichita, Kan.; Raleigh, N.C.; Providence, R.I.; San Jose, Calif.
2021 Regionals: Brooklyn, N.Y.; Memphis, Minneapolis, Denver
2022 First/Second Rounds: Greenville, S.C.; Pittsburgh, San Diego, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Texas; Milwaukee, Cincinnati; Portland
2022 Regionals: Philadelphia; Chicago, San Antonio; San Francisco
The decision to return to the state comes after the N.C. legislature passed a last-minute bill that replaced the controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.
"We are actively determining site selections, and this new law has minimally achieved a situation where we believe NCAA championships may be conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment," the NCAA Board of Governors said in a statement after the repeal of HB2. "If we find that our expectations of a discrimination-free environment are not met, we will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time."
The ACC is also slated to announce whether or not its championships will return to the state. The conference moved its football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando after HB2 was passed. However, the state legislature proposed a bill that would threaten to remove North Carolina and N.C. State if the conference boycotted the state again.