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ACC baseball tournament to be in Durham through 2018

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DURHAM, N.C. -

The ACC baseball championships will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park through 2018, the league announced at its annual spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla.

The agreement covers four championships, beginning with next year's tournament and running through the 2018 season.

"We are pleased to announce that the Durham Bulls Athletic Park will be the home of the ACC Baseball Championship through 2018," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "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.

"Our membership had a desire for the championship to find a home, and through its bid, Durham displayed its abilities to be that home."

The ACC Baseball Championship has been held in Durham eight times previously, including three of the past five years. In 2013, tournament records for single-game attendance (11,329) and championship game attendance (8,697) were set. The 2013 championship drew 58,454 fans, the fourth highest total in league history.

"This is an incredible opportunity for both the ACC and the Durham community to shine. Baseball has been a key ingredient to the rebirth of Durham, and we believe it is also strategically positioned to be a key ingredient to the future success of Durham," said Casey Steinbacher, president and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

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