Bulls To Play Home Opener on April 14th

Durham Bulls logo Bulls To Play Home Opener on April 14th
Promotional Calendar Offers Something for Everyone

Durham Bulls Athletic Park After an eight-game stretch in Virginia to start the 2006 season, the Durham Bulls will come home to face the Toledo MudHens for the first game at the DBAP on Friday, April 14th. The action begins at 7pm.

Fans of all ages have a lot to look forward to this summer at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park as the Durham Bulls continue to develop the most dynamic promotional calendar the team has ever produced. Whether they’re looking for fireworks, mascots, celebrities, giveaways, memorabilia or interaction with baseball players, the Bulls have something for all of the fans.

“We’ve got a lot this year,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said. “Our team has already put together over 100 promotions this season. You name it, we’ve got it happening at the ballpark this year.”

Here are several of the highlights fans have to look forward to this season:
Opening Night : The season kicks off in style as the Bulls welcome Duke University Basketball player J.J. Redick to the ballpark to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. After the game, the Bulls light up the sky with their first of 18 fireworks shows this season.

Time Warner Cable Weekends : Once again the Bulls have partnered with Time Warner Cable for Nickelodeon weekends at the DBAP. This year’s schedule includes weekend appearances by

  • Jimmy Neutron (April 14-16),
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (June 30-July 4) and his good friend Patrick (May 26-28),
  • Cosmo and Wanda from Fairly Odd Parents (July 29-30), and
  • Chuckie from Rugrats (August 11-13).
VIP Clubs : Looking for insider benefits with the Bulls this summer? There have never been more options to choose from than in 2006. Kids can sign up for the Golden Corral Kids Club, while fans age 50 and older can join the Humana Silver Bulls. Season ticket holders can upgrade to the ultimate season ticket or join the Diamond Club. Plus, Harris Teeter has partnered with the Bulls again on VIC Card Night every Tuesday.
Fireworks : Friday nights in the Triangle during the summer months have meant firework shows at the ballpark for over a decade and 2006 is no different. With eighteen fireworks shows on the schedule, including the extended Independence Day production, there will be plenty of opportunities for fans to see the team light up the sky after the game.
Autograph Saturdays : Three times this summer fans will have the opportunity to come down to the field and get autographs from a select number of Durham Bulls. Plus, the entire team will stick around to sign autographs after the first Saturday game of the season on April 15th.
Pepsi Kids Run the Bases : After enjoying the ballgame on Sunday afternoons, parents can bring their kids ages 12 and under down to the field to burn off those hot dogs with a sprint around the bases.

Theme Nights : Lots of old favorites and several new events will take place at the park this season, including

  • Wool E. Bull’s Easter Hoppin’ Eve with the Easter Bunny (April 15),
  • Time Warner Cable’s Swing for the Cure featuring Bulls players in special pink jerseys (April 22),
  • three college nights (April 20, May 4, August 24),
  • the Night of Duke Stars (May 25),
  • two scout nights with sleepovers on the field (May 5 & 6),
  • Youth Athletic Day (May 6),
  • Senior Day (May 24),
  • the Durham Bulls Youth Athletic League Charity Auction (May 26),
  • Negro League Night (June 10),
  • Summer Camp Day (June 14),
  • The Herald-Sun Father’s Day Essay Contest (June 15),
  • Swim Team Night (June 30),
  • Wool E. Bull’s Birthday (July 16), and
  • the local kickoff event for National Night Out (July 31).
TIAA CREF Family Nights : Every Thursday night at the ballpark is another chance to feed the family lots of food for a little bit of dough. That’s because hot dogs, French fries and popcorn are only a buck apiece.
Partners in Education : The Bulls continue to expand their calendar to recognize the hard work of students and faculty in North Carolina. This season, the Bulls are hosting two Education Days, a Most Improved Student Night, Teacher Appreciation Day and the Art of Baseball Night.
Giveaways : Mini-plan holders and Diamond Club members will receive some of the best giveaways the team has ever offered, including fleece blankets, replica player jerseys, baseballs, caps and team collectibles.
New Concessions : The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will offer a new regional and international flavor this season, including new ½ pound burgers, French dip sandwiches, Fish and Chips, fajitas and fried bologna sandwiches. Plus, the Bulls will offer a fish sandwich for fans observing Good Friday on Opening Night.

National Entertainment : The Bulls are happy to welcome back:

  • the Principal Financial Group Family Funfest (May 6),
  • SkyyDogs USA & Rockin’ Ray (May 11),
  • Reggy and his Fur Flying Fun (June 11), and
  • the Roadway Express Negro League Museum (July 18).
USA Baseball : Once again the USA Collegiate National Team will play seven games at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Team USA will play the middle portion of a seven-game Friendship Series with Chinese Taipei in Durham, July 8-11. The Americans return back to Durham to face Korea for three games July 21-23 before opening the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on July 25 at the DBAP.

Season tickets, mini-plans, individual game tickets and VIP Club memberships are available at the Durham Bulls Box Office, by phone at (919) 956-BULL or online at www.durhambulls.com

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.

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