AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – Atlantic Coast Conference championship events will be held at 19 sites throughout the conference’s 15-school footprint during the 2014-15 academic year.
“There is a tremendous amount of excitement among our member institutions as we look ahead to next year’s schedule,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We have teams competing at the highest level in every sport, and with the addition of Louisville, the ACC’s overall strength and competitiveness have never been stronger.”
The 2014-15 ACC championship schedule release comes in conjunction with the league’s annual spring meetings.
As previously announced, the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played on Dec. 6 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for a fifth straight year. The month of March will find Greensboro Coliseum playing host to the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament for a third straight year (March 10-14) and welcoming the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament (March 4-8) for a 16th straight year.
Also announced on Thursday, the ACC Baseball Championship will begin a four-year run at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on May 19-24, 2015.
The first ACC championships of the 2014-15 season will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, as Virginia plays host to the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country events at Panorama Farms.
Duke will be the site of the ACC Field Hockey Championship Nov. 6, 7 and 9, while UNC Greensboro will be the site of the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9.
The first round and quarterfinals of the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will be held at campus sites on Nov. 5 and Nov. 9, respectively. The tournament will then move to WakeMed Soccer Park at Cary, North Carolina, for the semifinal matches on Nov. 14 and the championship match on Nov. 16.
Georgia Tech will play host to the first ACC championships of the 2015 calendar year on Feb. 18-21, when it welcomes ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving, as well as Men’s Diving, to Atlanta. The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, a primary venue during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the site of the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, will also serve as home to the ACC Men’s Swimming Championship Feb. 25-28.
History will also be made – or, more aptly, resumed – on Feb. 21-22, when North Carolina plays host to the 11th ACC Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships, the first since 1980. Notre Dame’s entry into the conference – combined with existing members Boston College, Duke and North Carolina – gave the ACC four varsity programs, as required by conference bylaws for championship sport sponsorship.
The ACC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for Virginia Tech on Feb. 26-28. Pitt will host its first ACC title event on March 8, when the Panthers welcome the ACC Wrestling Championship.
The ACC Women’s Golf Championship returns to Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club on April 17-19. The ACC Men’s Golf Championship will be held one week later (April 24-26) at the Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina.
PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will be the site of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship for a second straight year April 24 and 26. The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship is scheduled for Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 23, 24 and 26.
The Cary Tennis Park will welcome the ACC Men’s and Women’s Championships for a seventh straight year April 22-26. The ACC Softball Championship is scheduled May 7-9 at Virginia Tech.
The ACC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held a month later next year than has been the custom (May 14-16), when league teams will compete at Florida State.
The ACC Women’s Rowing Championship will return to Clemson’s Lake Hartwell during May 15-16, with the ACC Baseball Championship bringing down the curtain on the 2014-15 sports season.
The ACC on Thursday also announced the conference officers for the 2014-15 academic year:
Dr. Donna Shalala (Miami), Chair of the Council of Presidents Dr. Martha Putallaz (Duke), President Dr. Pam Perrewe (Florida State), Vice-President Dr. Lissa Broome (North Carolina), Secretary-Treasurer