Where will ACC play its championship game?

The Atlantic Coast Conference decided Wednesday to withdraw all its championship events from North Carolina this year because of the state's controversial House Bill 2.

A bold move, but it sets the league up with a challenge: Where do you put those championships, particularly football title game, scheduled for Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Finding a place to put 60,000-70,000 fans, with hotel rooms to accommodate, that is empty for that day isn't the easiest thing in the world to do with less than three months to deadline.

“We’ll do what we need to do,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “It’s a challenge, our next challenge.”

Here are some top options:

ORLANDO: Camping World Stadium. Seats 70,000. The location is good, and it's the leader in the clubhouse according to ESPN. (The Central Florida Sports Commission confirmed to ESPN it is interested in hosting all the neutral-site events that would need to be relocated.) There could be a clash in schedule, however, with Florida high school championship games, slated for Dec. 2 and 3.

TAMPA: Raymond James Stadium. Seats 65,890. The home of the South Florida Bulls and the NFL Tampa Bay Bucs has nothing scheduled between Nov. 27 and Dec. 11.

JACKSONVILLE: EverBank Field. Seats 67,164. The Jaguars have a game scheduled for Dec. 4 at 1.

FOXBOROUGH, MASS.: Gillette Stadium. Seats 68,756. It is near the Atlantic Coast and an ACC team, Boston College, is in the neighborhood. It's the home of the New England Patriots, who do host the Rams on Dec. 4.

CAMPUS SITE: The higher-ranked team of the two in the title game could host, even if it was the North Carolina Tar Heels (or less likely Wake Forest, Duke or N.C. State) because championships on campus sites are still allowed.

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