ACC football championship to remain in Charlotte, baseball moves to Greensboro

Commissioner John Swofford announced site assignments for 2014 on Wednesday

Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (15) in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Clemson cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (15) in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2013 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will remain in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium, while the 2014 ACC baseball tournament will return to Greensboro, conference commissioner John Swofford announced on Wednesday.

The football championship game will be played on Saturday, December 7 and will feature a match-up between the Atlantic and Coastal Division champions.

“This is an exciting time for the ACC and we look forward to the 2013-14 lineup of ACC championships which for the first time will feature Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse,” said Swofford. “We have terrific programs that continue to compete at the highest level and we are looking forward to a bright future as a 15-member league.”

The ACC Football Championship Game was first played in Charlotte in 2010 and has been there ever since. Jacksonville was the host of the first three title games from 2005 through 2007. The game then moved to Tampa in 2008 and 2009.

Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium is home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and has a seating capacity of 73,504. The 2011 match-between Clemson and Virginia Tech was a sellout at 73,675.

The 2012 match-up featured Florida State against Georgia Tech. The official attendance for that game was announced as 64,778, but actual attendance was significantly less.

NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro will be the site of next year's baseball tournament.

“The ACC Baseball Championship is one of the premiere events in this league, and it’s only fitting that the city of Greensboro will add to its rich history of providing first-class experiences to our teams and fans,” said Swofford. “NewBridge Bank Park and the Greensboro Grasshoppers staff did a terrific job of hosting the 2010 and 2012 ACC Baseball Championships, and I’m sure 2014 will be just as successful.”

The 2014 ACC Baseball Championship will be held from May 20-25 and will feature a modified 10-team, double-elimination format. With Notre Dame and Pittsburgh set to compete as ACC baseball members for the 2014 season, the expanded tournament format will reflect the growth of the conference as whole.

Greensboro will welcome the ACC Baseball Championship for the third time in five years. The total attendance of 52,926 for the 2012 tournament at NewBridge was the fifth-highest in the 39-year history of the event. The park’s debut as host site came in 2010, when a total of 50,266 fans (sixth-highest total ever) made their way through the turnstiles.

The Saturday night overflow crowd of 10,229 for a game between North Carolina and NC State during 2012 ACC Baseball Championship set a single-game attendance record for the tournament. It also marked a record attendance for NewBridge Bank Park and represented the largest crowd ever to watch a college baseball game in the state of North Carolina. Average attendance for the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship was 4,071.

Located in downtown Greensboro, NewBridge Bank Park opened its gates to a crowd of 8,540 on April 3, 2005 with an exhibition game between the Class A Greensboro Grasshopper and their parent club Florida Marlins. This state-of-the-art facility features a 30' wide, open-air concourse, 36 concession points of sale, a kid-safe play park and numerous amenities.

The stadium's seating capacity currently stands at 7,499 which includes 5,300 chair back seats, 16 luxury suites and two grass berm and picnic areas. The stadium was constructed to meet Class AA standards with room for expansion beyond.

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