City to host ACC college baseball championship after N. Carolina fallout

ACC Baseball tourney awarded to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville is known for being an "event city" and Tuesday, officials announced another big one is on its way. The 2017 ACC Baseball Championship games are scheduled for Louisville Slugger Field in May.

The tournament was moved from Durham, North Carolina in response to the state's controversial "bathroom bill.” The conference stripped state of eight different championship tournaments, including baseball.

Louisville was one of several cities fighting to claim the tournament, Slugger Field ultimately putting Louisville ahead of its competition.

Mark Jurich with UofL Athletics said, "We're given a unique opportunity to showcase the city and showcase a tremendous facility like Louisville Slugger."

Officials said Louisville made the top five list for the tournament's new destination weeks ago, but ultimately it was a site visit that sealed the deal.

"It’s a great place for teams and families to visit to have a great experience both on the field at Slugger and then off the field in terms of things to do around our community,” Louisville Sports Commission President and CEO Karl Schmitt said.

Officials said it came down the amenities, accommodations and the field. Slugger Field was voted one of the best Triple-A ballparks in America.

The five day event is expected to bring in about $5 million. Hotels, restaurants and destinations like Slugger Museum are all expected to feel the boost.

"Kentucky right now is a good place to do business and Louisville is particular is a good place to do sports business,” Schmitt said.

The tournament will be a five day event starting on May 23. The championship game is scheduled for May 28. It will be the first time UofL's baseball team has played at Slugger Field since 2003.

 


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