|Chronological Tour: Stop 18|
Walking up to Durham Athletic Park, Aug-1999.
A view of the DAP’s seating area.
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.
|41||Thu 15-Aug-1991||Carolina||A||DURHAM 5, Winston-Salem 0|