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Durham Athletic Park, Durham

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Durham Athletic Park, affectionately known as "The DAP", is a former minor league baseball stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The stadium was home to the Durham Bulls from 1926 through 1994, and is currently home to the North Carolina Central Eagles. As of 2015, the DAP still stands north of the downtown area of Durham, on the block bounded by Washington, Corporation, Foster and Geer Streets.Durham Athletic Park became one of the most famous minor league ballparks in history, thanks to the 1988 film Bull Durham, featuring the Bulls, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Most of the filming was done at the DAP, following the end of the Carolina League season of 1987. The film's wide acclaim helped fuel the burgeoning public interest in minor league ball in general. In the case of both the city and the film, this explosion of popularity caused the DAP to become a victim of its own success; despite expansion with temporary bleachers, it was just too small to handle the increase in crowd size and the Bulls’ Triple-A ambitions. The Bulls moved to their new home Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham, starting with the 1995 season. Durham Bulls Athletic Park was built with a capacity to Carolina League standards, but the land that the DBAP was built on had more room in case if the ballpark needs to be expanded for Triple-A baseball. Triple-A baseball came to Durham in 1998 and the Bulls moved up from High-A to Triple-A, with the DBAP then expanded to Triple-A standards.
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  • If you haven't already done so, be sure to see a Durham Bulls game! They have reasonable tickets, offer great food & some specials throughout the season. Be sure to check their calendar, to be sure th...  more »
  • I was born and raised in Durham, so I knew of the Durham Bulls for a long time. I sat on those old wooden bleachers for almost, if not every, home game, during the 1965 season. That park is part of my...  more »
  • Cool, historic field. parking is very limited and tight. Baseball field in great shape. Easy to find in neat part of city  more »
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  • Something very great is going on there on a regular basis. They are giving the youth an opportunity not only stay out of trouble, but develop their minds and bodies through baseball. I feel it's a wonderful program that needs community support and expansion.
  • Great place for families to enjoy youth baseball together. Games are weekday evenings at 6pm (13-15) and 8pm (16-18). Free admission, concessions and prizes.
  • Just had awful food a the DAP, french fries with no salt, no salt on the carts, no salt at the stands. In the 3rd inning a 10 min. Wait foe dogs or burgers. .bad time, used to be good.
  • Super fun to pop in for spring games and to watch training!
  • Hanging in there. I appreciate the nostalgia.