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409 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC

Stadium Opened: 1995
Capacity: 10,000
Dimensions: LF- 305 ft.  CF- 400 ft.   RF- 325 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Parking:

  • There are a few parking garages nearby. I parked in the American Tobacco Parking Garage which was a short walk to the ballpark.
  • Parking is $4 in the parking garage.

 

 

Food:

  • The team has a great page on their website about food options in and around the ballpark.
  • Some of the concessions include: Papa John's Pizza, Moe's Southwest Grill, Rita's Italian Ice, The Pit BBQ.
  • "All-You-Can-Drink" soda option available at some concession stands.

 

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Outside the stadium, there are commerative pavers and retired numbers to look at near the ticket windows.
  • Concourses are wide
  • Middle concourse in seating bowl divides the two seating sections.
  • Blue fold-down seats make up the seating bowl
  • Some seating areas provide shade and also have giant fans on the roof. I appreciated this on a hot day when I went to a game.
  • If you sit on the 1st base side, you have a better view of the Lucky Strike tower/smokestack and the Durham Bull over the left field fence.
  • "Wool E. World", a kids play area is located out in the outfield concourse area.
  • When I attended a game, fans could not walk completely around the stadium inside....but I see in 2013, they have a new left field entry gate, so possibly you now can walk around the entire park.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

  • The ballpark's brick exterior blends in nicely with the restored old tobacco warehouses nearby.
  • Located in the revitalized American Tobacco district, the ballpark's architecture fits right in nicely.
  • Ballpark reflects the historic architecture of the downtown area.
  • 32 ft. tall wall in left field ("The Blue Monster") with a Durham Bull sign atop it. After a Durham homerun, the bull's nostrils let out smoke. The bull was modeled after the bull used in the 1988 hit movie, Bull Durham.
  • "The Blue Monster" has a manual scoreboard on it.
  • Great place to watch a game

 

Recognition of Team's History and/or MLB Affiliate:

  • Signs at each gate details the history of the team
  • "Walk of Fame" pavers area near ticket windows.

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review based on stadium visit on 6/25/12. Click on the date for game photos.

 

 

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