Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Durham Bulls Game

What it is: The Durham Bulls are our local minor league baseball team, and the games are a must do for anyone who comes to the Bull City. However, I've always wondered how my young toddler would do at a game. We decided to check it out, and this toddler absolutely loved it! There was plenty to see. The team and Wool E. Bull (the mascot) put on quite a show on the field. However, the stands are almost equally entertaining with so many cheering fans, the vendors selling their goodies, and the occasional ball flying into the stands. My toddler stayed in the seats for almost five innings with no treats provided! If they tire of the stands there's also overlooks where kids can stand and watch the game and a play area complete with playground for the little ones on the top level.

What we like: This seemed like a very kid-friendly place to us, and a baseball game is always a fun event. The playground on the top level was a great diversion when he needed some exercise. The food is, while not particularly healthy, kid friendly. There's also some opportunities for kids to run the bases after some games, but I'm not sure which ones. Post a comment if you know more about this.

What we would change: The stands can get pretty hot when the sun beats down on them, so this might be hard for little kids to take. Plus, like most sporting events, the tickets and the refreshments can be pricey, so it's a bit of an expensive day. In addition, many of the games are in the evenings which make it very difficult to attend with early toddler bed times. We had to shoot for an early weekend game.

Website and other important information: The Durham Bulls Stadium is located in downtown Durham visible from the Durham Freeway. Just exit the Mangum/Roxboro exit.

Website: http://www.durhambulls.com/

Ticket Prices: Tickets are available online starting at $7 for adults (plus a $1.50 service charge) . Kids under three are free, but I would assume they also don't get a seat that way. More details are available on their website.

Photos:



1. a view of the field



2. a long distance view of the kids' play area on the top level



3. the Bull sign that blows smoke when the Bulls get a home run

2 comments:

Cindy L. said...

Hi,

From one mom who got involved with helping kids with cancer because I am so grateful for a healthy child, would you be interested in buying some Durham Bulls Tickets and helping kids with cancer at the same time?

I am gearing up for my 6th Annual Wake Forest Alex's Lemonade Stand. In the past five years, we have raised over $22,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research. For more information on Alex's Lemonade Stand, you can go to www.alexslemonade.org.

The Durham Bulls are allowing me to sell ticket vouchers for a game this summer and will give us 50% of all of our ticket sales. The game we picked is Sunday, July 25th at 5:05 p.m. One good thing is that if you are not able to attend on that day, you can use the voucher for ANY Sunday - Thursday game this season.

Tickets are $9.00 each. If you are interested in bringing your families out for a fun summer day with the Bulls and help kids with cancer at the same time, please contact me at 919-332-8058 or you can email me at CJL528@yahoo.com.

Thanks so much.

Cindy Lunsford
Stand Host

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you had a good time. How old was your toddler when you went? We're wondering if our almost-two-year-old will be willing to sit for any length of time. Was the playground good for this age? We'll find out soon enough, but wanted to have a better idea of what to expect.