The Atlantic Coastal Conference made its departure from the Tar Heel State official Thursday, announcing via press release that the 2016 ACC football championship game will be held in Orlando.
The move comes two weeks after the ACC fell in line with the NBA and NCAA and opted to pull all conference championships from North Carolina, including the title football game. Championships being held on member-college campuses will be still played in the state, as was initially planned. In addition to the NBA All-Star Game, the ACC football title game was expected to bring tens of millions of dollars in revenue to the city of Charlotte—in 2015, the event brought in roughly $32.5 million, per the Charlotte Observer.
The leagues opted to take such action due to the state legislature’s continued support of the anti-LGBT House Bill 2. HB2 restricts citizens’ right to use the bathroom of their gender, mandating instead they use the restroom that matches their sex at birth. It also takes away local governments’ ability to set minimum wage and dialed back the state’s anti-discrimination policy for members of the LGBT community.