The ACC baseball championship will return to Durham.
The league announced Thursday that the tournament will return to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2015 and stay through the 2018 season. DBAP hosted the championship eight times, most recently in 2013.
“Our membership had a desire for the championship to find a home, and through its bid, Durham displayed its abilities to be that home,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “The park, local organizing committee, and the City of Durham have been great partners and we look forward to a bright future and long term partnership.”
DBAP recently underwent a $20 million renovation, with a new playing surface, improved field lights, new seats, additional group picnic areas, and upgraded video displays and sound system. Jackie’s Landing, a 10,000-square-foot area along the first base line and into right field, has new food stands and an extensive bar, and the PNC Triangle Club, behind home plate, features luxury suites and an upscale gathering area.
The 2013 ACC tournament at DBAP set records for single-game attendance (11,329) and championship game attendance (8,697).
This year’s tournament begins Tuesday in Greensboro. Duke already has qualified. North Carolina and N.C. State are trying to play their way in.