Louisville Slugger Field To Host 2017 ACC Baseball Championship



Garett Wall
UofL Baseball SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be played at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Originally slated for Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, the 2017 baseball championship was among eight neutral site championships relocated by the ACC.

Louisville Slugger Field, which opened in 2000, boasts a seating capacity of 13,131. Home the Louisville Bats’ minor league team, the stadium played host to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game and features 32 private suites in addition to second-level club seating.

“The city of Louisville knows how to host big events, especially sporting events, and I believe all of the ACC teams will enjoy the experience of playing in a great sports town and in a terrific ballpark,” said UofL baseball head coach Dan McDonnell. “I’m also excited our fan base will have the opportunity to experience and support the ACC Baseball Championship.”

Ticket information and additional details on the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship at Louisville Slugger Field will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday’s announcement by the ACC, which included the unveiling of six other championship sites for 2016-17, followed last week’s announcement that the ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 3 at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Overall, eight states within the ACC footprint are now scheduled to host at least one conference championship in 2016-17.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow@theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

In its first two seasons in the ACC, the Louisville baseball program won back-to-back Atlantic Division championships in 2014 and 2015. Under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals (50-14) advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Super Regional and reached the 50-win plateau for the fourth time in school history. During McDonnell’s 10 seasons at the helm, Louisville has three College World Series appearances, six NCAA Super Regional berths, nine NCAA Regional appearances and seven regular season conference titles. The Cardinals rank fifth nationally with 456 wins during the last 10 seasons.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) athttp://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

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