The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Charlotte Knights — a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox — announced on Thursday afternoon that the 2021 ACC Baseball Tournament, scheduled for May 25-30, will be played at the Kinghts’ home stadium, Truist Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The conference had determined the dates of the tournament when the regular season schedule was released on Jan. 20, but the location had yet to be determined. Truist Park was supposed to host the tournament in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCAA and ACC to cancel all remaining contests last March.
“We are proud of the continued partnership with the city of Charlotte and appreciate the Knights welcoming the 2021 ACC Baseball Championship to Truist Field,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “After losing the spring sports season to the pandemic, which also meant not playing our 2020 championship in Charlotte, it’s gratifying to be making this announcement. Our student-athletes and coaches are looking forward to playing for an ACC title at one of the nation’s top minor league ballparks and we will continue to work together to hold a first-class championship with the health and safety of all participants as our top priority.”
The release from the conference said that no decision has yet been made about whether or not fans will be allowed in Truist Park for the tournament, but did say that the league is working with state and local government officials, as well as consulting the latest ACC Medical Advisory Group Reports to create ticketing and attendance policies that adhere to all health and safety guidelines.
ACC baseball begins conference play this weekend with six different series opening play, one as early as Thursday afternoon.