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Duke Baseball A-Z Game Day Guide (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

In 2010, Duke baseball struck a partnership with the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, to make Durham Bulls Athletic Park its new home stadium.

Less than five miles from the Duke baseball locker room, the Blue Devils now play their weekend ACC series at the DBAP which is one of the top minor league facilities in the country. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, located in downtown Durham, opened in 1995 and has a seating capacity of 10,000. The venue was constructed by George W. Kane Construction and designed by the Durham-based Freelon Group, in association with HOK Sport + Venue + Event, the same architects who constructed Camden Yards in Baltimore, Jacobs Field in Cleveland and Coors Field in Colorado.

The DBAP's dimensions begin at 305 feet in left field, 371 feet at left-center field, 400 feet to center field, 373 feet in right-center field and 327 feet down the right field line. The stadium features an old-style manual scoreboard at the base of a 32-foot-high wall in left field deemed "The Blue Monster," along with the signature Durham Bull cutout many characteristics of old-time parks and the historic downtown Durham architecture

The Blue Devils won four of their six series at the DBAP in their first year at the stadium in 2010. Along with early-season sweeps over Fordham and Temple, the DBAP saw the Blue Devils take down national powerhouses Clemson and North Carolina, who were both ranked No. 11 in the country at the time.

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park also doubles as the host site for the 2011 ACC Baseball Tournament on May 26-30 as well as the 2013 conference tournament. The ACC Baseball Tournament was previously played at the DBAP in 2009 as well when Duke came within one game of advancing to the ACC Championship game.
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