Why the DBAP can’t host future ACC baseball tournaments

May 8, 2019

The ACC baseball tournament begins on May 21 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, but it won’t be returning there in the near future. A new rule by the International League is the reason why.

“The International League will no longer allow us to protect dates,” Bulls General Manager Mike Birling told WRAL. “So unfortunately we can’t commit to the dates going forward.”

The Bulls are at the end of a four-year agreement that will include this year’s tournament. The Durham Bulls and the City of Durham were hoping to make the DBAP a permanent home for the ACC baseball tournament.

Barring a modification of the new International League rule, there is no chance that will happen.

This year marks the 12th year that the ACC baseball tournament has been held in the Bull City. That’s the most of any city in the ACC footprint. Greenville, S.C., has hosted the league’s tournament 9 times but not since 1995.

This year’s tournament runs from May 21 through championship Sunday on May 26.