|Durham Bulls Athletic Park / Durham Bulls|
Year Opened: 1995
Cost: $16 million
Dimensions: 305L, 400C, 327R
Architect: Populous (fomerly HOK Sport)
Owner: City of Durham
League: International League (Class AAA)
Affiliation: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Parking: If you get to the ballpark early enough you can park for free on Willard Street west of the ballpark. Otherwise, the most convenient parking location is the American Tobacco South Parking deck, located next to the ballpark at 512 S. Mangum St. The charge: $3.
Address/Directions: 409 Blackwell St., Durham. Some of the freeway signs pointing the direction to Durham Bulls Athletic park can be a tad misleading, so don't follow them. The easiest way to the ballpark is to get on the Durham Freeway, which can be accessed from I-40. When on I-40, take the Magnum/Roxboro Street exit (exit 12B). You'll be able to see the ballpark from the exit.Durham is the most storied minor-league market thanks to the amazing popularity of the movie Bull Durham, which featured Kevin Costner as a battered catcher making one last minor-league stop with the Durham Bulls. Featured prominently in the movie was Durham Athletic Park and a wooden bull that would snort after a home run.
Despite seating 10,000, DBAP is a single-level ballpark; most Class AAA parks seating that many are double-decked ballparks, but HOK and the Bulls avoided stacking a second deck by stretching seating all the way down the line and curving it around the foul pole in right field. There are three entrances to the ballpark: the main entrance (pictured on the first page of this article) as well as smaller gates in the left-field corner and in dead center field. Seating in the grandstand is divided into two levels, with a wide walkway dividing the two. Down each line are two group seating areas with picnic tables. Every fixed seat in the ballpark is an extra-wide theater seat (there are no bleachers), and 95 percent of the seats have drink holders. There really aren't any bad seats in the house: the outfield bleachers are close to the action, and for those who want to stretch out there is berm seating in centerfield near the scoreboard.
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