The 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Triple-A Bulls. The tournament was originally scheduled for Fenway Park, but the Fenway Sports Group had to postpone until 2010 after discovering an in-house scheduling conflict in August. The Bulls were able to accommodate the ACC on short notice.
"We feel fortunate to know that our teams will compete for an ACC title in a top-rate stadium that is regarded as one of the best in all of minor league baseball," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.
The DBAP makes perfect sense for the ACC, which has three teams (North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State) within a 30-minute radius of Durham and a fourth (Wake Forest) about an hour and a half away. The Triangle area is a burgeoning hotbed for college baseball thanks to the recent success of UNC and N.C. State, both of which reached super-regionals in 2008. Durham is also a good geographic midpoint for a conference that stretches from Boston to Miami. The ACC tournament was previously held in the DBAP in 1996, 1998 and 1999–the last time the event was held in the state of North Carolina. The last four tournaments were held in Jacksonville.
"We appreciate the Durham Bulls stepping to the plate when we really needed the assistance," Swofford said. "There are a number of advantages to having the ACC Championship in Durham, but in terms of this year, its proximity to our conference office (in Greensboro) will be extremely helpful."
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