Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Historic Durham Athletic Park
Public Grand Reopening
Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12pm to 5 pm

Nearly 22 years ago, a little-known actor by the name of Kevin Costner spent a couple of weeks in Durham, NC. Much of his time was spent on the field of the Historic Durham Athletic Park. Now, after a year-long, $5 million renovation, the Historic DAP, ranked by ESPN as the #35 All Time Sports Venue, is ready to reopen and reclaim its former splendor.

Built in 1926 as El Toro Stadium, the park will be operated by Minor League Baseball, which will use the stadium as a training center for business and facility operations, including hosting an academy of sports turf management. The park will also serve as home field for the NCCU Eagles Baseball Team, the Bull Durham Blues Festival, and the World Beer Festival.

Visitors and residents are invited to step up to the plate on Saturday, August 15th and enjoy a day of food, festivities, and fun, complete with a celebrity softball game, kids games, food and drink, and other activities.

Parking will be available at businesses and lots around the park, but will be limited. For information on parking, click here for DCVB’s Downtown Durham Dining, Nightlife & Parking Map. Click here for DCVB’s Downtown Durham Walking Tour.

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