Triangle To-Do: Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game

Posted on 07/15/14 No Comments


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The Durham Bulls are hosting the Triple-A All-Star Game tomorrow, July 16.¬†Last night, a Wake Forest alumnus (Amy’s alma mater) won the home run derby.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park has been made over this year, and it looks great. Owners spent close to $20 million on the project, which included new luxury boxes, stadium-wide seating upgrades, more concession options, a new, water-shedding playing surface, and a giant video screen in the outfield, equipped with a sound system to do it plenty of justice. There’s even a private seating area behind home plate with its own bar.

For those who may not know, the Durham Bulls are one step down from Major League Baseball. And yes, it’s the team made famous by the Kevin Costner film. However, the facilities used in that movie are a long way off from what guests will see tomorrow night when they watch plenty of future big league all-stars take the field.

The City of Durham is more than ready for this kind of national exposure. It has been for years, actually. Few places in the Triangle are as attractive to new business as the American Tobacco complex. Locally, Durham is thought of as the heart of the Triangle’s restaurant community. Duke University’s presence doesn’t hurt, nor does NC Central’s. Durham is also home to the North Carolina School of Science and Math, a UNC-system boarding school considered by many as one of the best high schools in the nation.

The Durham Bulls franchise is set to remain in place for the next two decades, meaning that surrounding restaurants, retail and office users can plan long-term leases and business plans with the confidence of a having a consistent source of foot traffic and consumer dollars.

Yep, it’s a real win-win.

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