Richmond hoping to cash in on HB2 controversy

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond is hoping to benefit from the recent decisions made by the ACC and the NCAA to remove their championship games from North Carolina.

“It’ll just help in terms of bringing in additional visitors, but also exposure within college sports as well,” Danielle Vincenti with Richmond Region Tourism explained to 8News Reporter Tracey Smith.

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Danielle Vincenti with Richmond Region Tourism

This all because of House Bill 2, which puts limitations on which bathrooms transgender people can use.

College championships have a huge impact on local restaurants and hotels. It’s that economic boost that Richmond Region Tourism is hoping to bring to local businesses.

“Sports brings in a huge opportunity for the Richmond area because it does bring in the fans, the athletes and the following that comes along with it,” Vincenti said.

Multiple championships are up for grabs, so each event will be evaluated to see which one would be a good fit for Richmond

“When it comes to venues but also availability because we have to keep in mind that these events are 2016 and 2017 so we don’t much time until these events will actually come to fruition,” Vincenti said.

Richmond already hosts the A10 women’s basketball championship and will be hosting the ACC women’s lacrosse championship this spring.

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