Investor Spotlight: Durham Bulls Baseball

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The baseball season is underway, and that means Durham Bulls Athletic Park has been busier than ever with an increased schedule in 2016. In the past, the Bulls hosted their own 72-game schedule, in addition to the ACC Baseball Championship. This season the storied ballpark gained another inhabitant, as the Duke University baseball team made the DBAP its home.

With Duke’s home schedule in the rearview mirror, the stadium turns its attention to the ACC Baseball Championship, which takes place through May 29. 2016 marks the second year of a four-year deal between the Bulls and ACC, which provides that the DBAP will host the tournament on an annual basis.

With the addition of Duke and the ACC, it’s hard to believe the Bulls have been playing their schedule around the college baseball games. However, the team continues its march to get back to the Governors’ Cup playoffs after the team was left out of the postseason in 2015 for just the second time since 2006.

With the DBAP continuously adding on events, and the City of Durham becoming a hub for regional and national events – such as the 2012 Triple-A National Championship Game and the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game – the Durham Sports Commission, directed by an appointed City/County board, will be tasked with recruiting sporting events to Durham.

“The Bulls are excited that this Commission is almost a reality,” Bulls Vice President George Habel said. “It will enhance Durham’s image and economy over time. We recruited the 2012 National Championship game and 2014 All-Star game – on our own – and that convinced me that this kind of organization was needed. Then, we went after the State Games of NC and the ACC Baseball Championship. Having tasted success, it was clear that this could be a bona fide “travel and tourism” opportunity for our community.”

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