“Batter Up!” Summer is here and there is no better way to spend it than outside under the beautiful North Carolina sunshine. The Triangle offers many outdoor activities that are sure to entertain people of all ages. One of the many activities is America’s Past Time, otherwise known as baseball. The Triangle is home to a few minor league baseball teams all within a short thirty minute drive from Chapel Hill.
The Durham Bulls are perhaps one of the most famous minor league teams in the country due to the movie, Bull Durham. Come and enjoy a night with the bulls in a new stadium that has infinite amenities, including free Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, and inflatables and games for the children at the Chick-Fil-A Wool E. World playground at the stadium. With the season already underway, it is perfect for a night out on the town. Tickets range from $7.99 to $23.99 and there are weekly promotional nights all season. Thursdays are $1 concession night. Fridays and Saturdays include fireworks after the game, while Sundays, children are able to run the bases after the game. The Bulls have an atmosphere that is perfect for any occasion whether it be a date night, guy’s night, or family night out.
Just a short drive down I-40 is the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home to the Burlington Royals. The Royals are members of the Rookie League which only showcases first-timers, but don’t let that deter you. There have been many superstars come through the program. For instance, Cy Young winner CC Sabathia was once a Royal. Don’t miss your chance to see the next superstar starting June 22nd and ending August 28th. Tickets range from $5 to $9 and with some of the promotional nights, it is perfect for everyone. Mondays are Dollar Mondays where everything except alcohol is a dollar, including the tickets. Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays where draft beers are $1 all night long. Sunday nights, just like the Durham Bulls, the kids are allowed to run the bases after the game. Other promotional nights include Princess Night, Military Appreciation Night, and multiple community nights. The promotional nights are a great way for the whole family to get involved and have a good time without breaking the bank.
Located in Zebulon, North Carolina are the Carolina Mudcats. The Mudcats are a minor league team that has housed American League MVP Miguel Cabrera for a short period of time. The Carolina Mudcats’ season is currently underway with ticket prices ranging from $8 to $25. Promotional nights for the Mudcats vary but one consistent one is Thirsty Thursday, where 16 ounce beers are $2 and 12 ounce Coke products are $1. Other than Thirsty Thursday, the Mudcats promotional nights include Weiner Wednesday, Super Splash Day, and Christmas in July night. The Mudcats provide a family friendly environment for the whole family to have fun.
Next time you are wondering whether or not to go out, head to a baseball game during one of the beautiful Triangle summer nights. The Durham Bulls, Burlington Royals, and Carolina Mudcats are only a few of the local minor league teams and with just a quick internet search, you are able to find the others and explore the wonderful magic of America’s Past Time.Posted by Larry Tollen on