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Triangle Affected By IOC's Decision To Drop Baseball, Softball In 2012

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CARY, N.C. — The International Olympics Committee recently announced that baseball and softball will be dropped from the 2012 Summer Games in London. The decision throws a major curveball into plans in the Triangle.

It was a homerun for Cary and Durham when

USA Baseball

made the Triangle its home base in 2003. The team uses Durham Bulls Athletic Park for international competition. Plus, staff members plan to move into offices there after renovations.

In June, the town of Cary approved a construction contract for USA Baseball's training center. The $10.8 million facility will feature four new baseball fields, retail space and concession stands. It would also enhance Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, which currently includes a four-field softball complex.

The proposed training center in Cary will help train the USA Baseball National Team, Junior National Team and the Youth National Team.

USA Baseball will still compete in the 2008 Beijing Games. It will be the team's last chance to reclaim the gold, which it won in 2000.


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