The 2017 ACC Baseball Tournament will be played at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats (Class AAA; International League).
This is the latest fallout from the ACC’s decision to pull its annual neutral-site championships out of North Carolina. The conference has expressed dissatisfaction with the state’s House Bill 2 legislation and its provisions concerning the LBGT community. Among its stipulations, House Bill 2 prevents municipalities from instituting their own anti-discrimination laws and requires transgendered people to use public restrooms that correspond to their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.
Previously the ACC revealed that its football tournament will be moved from Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The baseball tournament will now be departing Durham Bulls Athletic Park and head to Louisville, which is hosting the event for the first time.
“We are thrilled to host to the ACC Tournament at Louisville Slugger Field in 2017,” said Louisville Bats president Gary Ulmer in a press statement. “We would like to thank the Atlantic Coast Conference for choosing our venue; this is a huge win for our community.”
The tournament will begin with two games at Louisville Slugger Field on Tuesday, May 23. There will then be three contests per day from May 24-27, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday, May 28.
Tickets and start times will be announced at a later date. The ACC Tournament has been a solid draw at its previous stops–which include existing MiLB facilities in Durham, Greensboro, Jacksonville, and Salem–and that trend could continue as the event moves to Louisville.