In 2016, the team at Stadium Journey explored and reviewed 761 different stadium experiences around the country stretching from crazy college stadiums to vibrant race tracks to the best baseball parks. Out of a massive list of bucket list sporting venues, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park ranked 9th overall!
Here's what they had to say about our hometown park ::
"The Durham Bulls are easily one of the most famous minor league franchises in baseball. That fame comes from the 1988 film "Bull Durham," a box-office hit that still tops critics lists as one of the best baseball films of all time. However, the club has a long and storied history before and since the movie. The first Durham team was known as the Tobacconists in 1902, ten years later the club would adopt the Bulls moniker. For nearly all of its history, they played at the original Durham Athletic Park (known locally as the DAP). The old wooden bandbox was full of charm and thankfully, it still stands at its original location a short distance to the north.
Perhaps, the popularity of the film allowed for the construction of a new Durham Bulls Athletic Park (D-BAP) in 1995. The current park has undergone numerous renovations and expansions in its relatively short life. No longer the scrappy losers of their film counterparts, the Bulls made the jump to the Triple-A International League in 1998 the same year they began their current affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays. This necessitated the first large restructuring of the park to its current 10,000-seat capacity. There have been five major renovations to the park, including changes in 2014 that nearly redesigned the park completely."
What an honor to be listed among these amazing venues! Congrats to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It's truly an amazing experience.
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