Chronological Tour: Stop 18

Where the Durham Bulls Lived

Walking up to Durham Athletic Park, Aug-1999.

A view of the DAP’s seating area.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
You can still go to old Durham Athletic Park, at Washington and Corporation streets in this tobacco and college town. You can even pay admission and see a game there, even though the Bulls moved to their new facility, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, back in 1995. That’s because the park continues to host games at several levels.

The Durham Bulls played there from 1939 to 1994, with the stadium growing a few times over the years to produce a real homey effect. By the time I got to see a game there, in 1991, it was starting to look a little run-down, but the always enthusiastic Durham crowds made up for it. This is what the producers of the movie “Bull Durham” saw when they decided to center their film around the park.

Fortunately, the park is still serviceable, and it’s possible to go take a look at this legendary facility. The only thing missing is the snorting bull – it got moved to the new park.

Currently, the Durham Americans of the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate baseball league, call the DAP their home field. Durham Arts High School, a magnet school in the old Durham High School building, also utilizes the park for its home games. Durham Arts plays in the Tar-Roanoke Conference. In addition, a team in the Women’s Pro Fastpitch softball league played here for several seasons. North Carolina Central, a historically black college, also calls this its home. And in 2010, the Bulls returned to the DAP for a game.

Game # Date League Level Result
41 Thu 15-Aug-1991 Carolina A DURHAM 5, Winston-Salem 0
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