The Durham Bulls ballpark is so nice. The current version was built in 1995 and was designed by the architects who did Camden Yards and Jacobs Field, among others. We lucked out with the weather - it was maybe 80 degrees when the game started, overcast, and there was a cool breeze! I was totally expecting a humid swamp, but I guess the weather gods took pity on us...we get enough of that in Texas.
We splurged a bit on the tickets and got seats in the premium section, which not only had us super close to all the action, but we also were protected from foul balls by a net - my reflexes have never been fast, and I didn't want to spend the game ducking and/or cringing as errant balls flew at me. This was a good decision, because there were A LOT of foul balls during the game! We were in row C, which is the third row, right behind home plate. Sam said that we were going to see a lot of butts. I replied that it wasn't a problem for me...good to know I can still make my kids cringe, haha!
Our view. A player from the opposing team got hit by a pitch on his hand/wrist area, and we could see his pain clearly, poor guy. The other weird thing was that wads of bubble gum kept appearing on the grass behind home plate. I counted 11 by end of game - gross! This was all coming from the players as they stepped up to bat.
Minor league baseball games are always fun because of the entertainment that is constantly going on - lots of interaction with the mascot, little kids, and even the workers - at one point a crew came out to sweep the infield while "Ice Ice Baby" was playing over the loudspeakers, and they all dropped their brooms and started dancing - too funny!
Wool E. Bull is the mascot and he was everywhere! Lined up with the group who sang the national anthem, zipped around the field on his go cart (that Sam and Jeff both wanted to drive), got chased around the bases by little kids several times, shot t-shirts into the crowds from a hot dog gun - he was awesome!
Of course we had to take a few selfies:
We had a great time - only thing missing was our youngest, who was working back in Texas.
We were on the big screen just about every time they showed a replay. I got one picture of us - usually we weren't doing anything exciting because we were watching the game:
Can you see us? My light green shirt makes it somewhat easy to find us in the crowd.
Although the Bulls didn't win, one player hit an out of the park home run, which was exciting! The eyes on the big bull sign lit up and smoke blew out from his nostrils...naturally, I was too busy watching it to take a picture until it was over, but here's the smokey aftermath:
There was a spectacular fireworks show after the game. Considering that they were promoting the fireworks shows for the days leading up to July 4th as big, I was shocked to see how incredible this was. I got a few decent pictures - not bad considering I just kept clicking the button on my iPhone while I held it, but I was actually looking at the sky as they were going off:
All together now: OOOH! AHHH!