ATLANTA (CBS46) – Stanford Davis has march madness fever.
“I would call myself a big fan,” Davis said. He’d love to see the NCAA Final Four move to Atlanta. “I believe it’s a good idea.”
Bobby Collier said Atlanta has done it before, so the city can do it again.
“I would not be opposed to seeing it moved to a place like Atlanta,” Collier said. “The Georgia Dome has hosted [the] tournament in the past so I think it could be done.”
Indiana, which is hosting the Final Four this year, passed a controversial religious freedom law and supporters insist the legislation protects people of faith against government intrusion.
Opponents contend it would allow businesses to hide behind religion and discriminate against gays and lesbians. Some are even calling for an all-out boycott of this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens said Indiana’s new law creates a hostile environment.
“I thought it was a bad piece of policy,” Dickens said.
Dickens wrote a letter asking NCAA President Mark Emmert to “move the NCAA headquarters and this year’s final four from Indianapolis to Atlanta.”
When asked if such a move would be realistic with such short notice, Dickens responded, “No, it’s not realistic that they would do that.”
Dickens realized this weekend is wishful thinking, but he said Atlanta is ready.
“Atlanta’s a city that has tolerance, we welcome everyone, we know how to put on big events. We’ve hosted the Final Four before, we’re the home of the SEC championships.”
“It would show not only Indianapolis, but the nation that the NCAA is taking a stand that it will not hold an event where there are discriminatory laws,” said Collier.
“We welcome people of all races, whatever their gender orientation is. Everybody is welcomed to Atlanta and everybody has a good time,” said Davis.