Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St.
MLB Affiliate: Tampa Bay Rays
International League South
Mascot: Wool E. Bull
With their beautiful downtown ballpark in central Durham, North Carolina, the Durham Bulls constitute one of baseball’s most recognizable branding, thanks in part to Ron Shelton’s 1988 film “Bull Durham”.
A longtime farm team for the Atlanta Braves, the Bulls changed affiliation to the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 1998, when the club’s longtime legendary owner Miles Wolff sold the team to a local broadcaster.
Similarly, the Bulls moved from their aging ball field near Durham Central Park to a new site near the redevelopment of the old Liggett & Myers tobacco plant at what is now the humming American Tobacco Campus along Blackwell Street at the south edge of downtown Durham. The snorting “Hit Bull Win Steak” sign over left field is as iconic to baseball in the South as the Citgo sign is to Red Sox fans in New England.
Winners of the Governors’ Cup in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2018.