ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference have announced that the ACC Network will make its debut on August 22. With the ACC’s headquarters being located in Greensboro, NC, many believed the network would be run out of the ESPNU or SEC Network studios in Charlotte. Instead, Bristol will be the base of operations for the ACC Network.
The conference and ESPN have set their goal at airing 1300 live events annually both on the network and digitally. The ACC Network will make its debut a full week before football season. The first game shown on the channel will be a Thursday night contest between Georgia Tech and Clemson.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford talked about plans for the ACC Network in a state of the conference address before the ACC Championship Game. He said the ACC will consider moving conference games earlier in the season to offer the Network a better package of games. He also promised at least one of the five games Notre Dame plays against ACC competition annually will air on the ACC Network.
“The thing that’s been really good from our schools is that they’re all in on the network,” Swofford said. “Everybody understands the importance of scheduling.”