Next year’s ACC baseball tournament will be played at BB&T Ballpark — just not the one in Winston-Salem.
The league announced Thursday morning that the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark will play host to the 2020 ACC baseball tournament.
The tournament will be held from May 19-24, and the bid to host the tournament was submitted by the Charlotte Knights, Charlotte Sports Foundation, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and Visit Charlotte.
The tournament goes to Charlotte instead of Winston-Salem, which submitted a bid to host the event and have games played at the Winston-Salem Dash’s BB&T Ballpark.
“The City of Charlotte and BB&T Ballpark will be excellent hosts to our baseball championship,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in a news release. “We appreciate our ongoing partnership with Charlotte and the commitment they continue to show in hosting our league events and championships. I look forward to being in Uptown Charlotte to cap off the 2019-20 year.”
The league needed to find a new venue for the tournament because of a change in International League scheduling that doesn’t allow teams to block off as many days as it takes to host the tournament. That rendered Durham, which has played host to four of the last five tournaments and was previously named the tournament’s permanent host, unable to hold the 2020 tournament.
This is where confusion comes in: The Knights are also in the International League.
But the Knights are able to host the tournament because the International League’s 2020 schedule has already been made, according to an anonymous source. In that schedule, which has yet to be publicly released, Charlotte has the dates free to host the tournament.
Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark opened in 2014 and played host to the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game and has been the site of several college baseball games. Wake Forest, Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State all played at least one game at the stadium this season as part of the 2019 Collegiate Baseball series. The stadium’s capacity is 10,200, nearly identical to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000).
The tournament has been held in North Carolina for 10 of the past 11 years, and that trend will continue at least through next year. The only exception is the 2017 tournament, which was moved to Louisville, Ky., because of House Bill 2.