Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.
If you polled Triangle residents to name their favorite local team I suspect the Durham Bulls would take the top spot. They’re certainly the most recognized name in minor league baseball (in no small part thanks to that hit movie Bull Durham). The Bulls have played a significant role in the Triangle community for more than a century (since 1902). Currently as a member of the International League and the Triple-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays they bring a lot of joy to both minor and major baseball fans.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park underwent a major revamping after the end of the 2013 season and opened the 2014 season in April with new amenities, including new concessions and a bar on the upper concourse level dubbed Jackie’s Landing. In addition the video screen went big, really big (and may be visible from low flying aircraft it’s so big). Hopefully, you’ve had the chance to visit the DBAP and cheer on the Bulls this season. If not, there’s a special game coming up you won’t want to miss.
The Minor League’s Triple-A All-Star game comes to the DBAP July 16 and it’s your opportunity to see some great talent (before they make it even bigger on the national scene) from the International and Pacific Coast leagues. Before the big game there are a few other events (some FREE) you may want to attend. On Saturday, July 12, come to the DBAP from 11 am to 2 pm for the All-Star Fan Fest and stick around for the All-Star Block Party on Blackwell Street (6 – 10 pm). Both events are free with food & beverage available for purchase. Monday (July 14) is the Triple-A Home Run Derby, where “you know who” will be the favorite target for the evening. Tuesday (July 15) is the All-Star Work Out Day (with autograph session), before the big game on Wednesday. Ticket packages (for the Home Run Derby and All-Star game) are available now (here).
If you can’t make the All-Star events, make sure you check out the remaining season schedule (here). Friday nights are always popular nights (for the fireworks show) and the last home game of this season is less than two months from now (on Labor Day). So buy now to enjoy later.