MUSIC - Carolina Sunset by the Marshall Tucker Band
Durham Athletic Park photographed in 1991 and 1997 using film. Durham Bulls Athletic Park photographed in 1997 using film.
Durham Athletic Park - Opened July 7, 1926 and burned down on June 17, 1939. Rebuilt and opened on April 7, 1940 and closed for minor league baseball on September 5, 1994. The park is still in use today.
Location: Durham Athletic Park - 428 Morris Street Durham, North Carolina. Known as El Toro Park 1926 - 1933, Durham Athletic Park 1933 - present. Commonly called "the DAP."
Durham Bulls Athletic Park - Opened April 6, 1995 and is still in use. Commonly called "the DBAP."
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park - 409 Blackwell Street Durham, North Carolina.
In 1988, a movie called Bull Durham, gave new life to a fading old minor league park. But the story began way before then. The Durham Athletic Park, or DAP for short, opened on July 7, 1926. The Durham Bulls of the old Piedmont League moved from Hanes Field at Trinity College. The original DAP was a wooden structure that seated about 5,000. A fire on the night of June 17, 1939 destroyed the old wooden park, causing more than $100,000 in damages. In an amazing 2 weeks, a new concrete grandstand was built. Renovations took place in 1940 and in 1980. For its life, the DAP was home to teams from the Carolina league and the Negro leagues. After the movie was filmed, the park took on a celebrity atmosphere. The final season for the Durham Bulls was 1994. In 2008, the city of Durham funded 4 million dollars to renovate the old DAP. In 2010, the Durham Bulls again returned to the DAP for one game. Response was so great, the Bulls have scheduled another game in 2011.
The NEW DBAP was open for business on April 6, 1995. It has a capacity of 10,000 with luxury boxes and all the other bells and whistles. The left field fence at the DBAP is 32 feet high and is dubbed "the blue monster" after the Green Monster in Fenway. The Durham Bull sign (hit bull win steak) sits atop the blue monster. The Durham Bulls started out in the Carolina league, but in 1999, the Tampa Bay Rays made the Durham Bulls their AAA team.