The Durham Bulls (Class AAA; International League) may extend their management of Durham Athletic Park, as the city seeks to work out a long-term plan for the historic facility.
The future of the former home of the Bulls has been in question since Minor League Baseball walked away from a deal to manage the ballpark last year, a deal that included the use of the facility for umpire training and turf-management demonstrations. The decision to walk away from the management contract left Durham city officials in a lurch, but the Bulls stepped up to assume management of the ballpark. The former home of the Bulls in Carolina League and International League incarnations is still a working ballpark, hosting high-school games and North Carolina Central University games.
And it could be more, as city officials examine proposals (some interesting, we hear, though economic-development assistance may be part of any proposal) for the future of the ballpark. But with nothing close to final and the city up against it, officials are asking the Bulls to continue managing the facility, first on a short-term basis and then perhaps on a long-term basis.
Photo by Jim Robins.
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