Durham Bulls On Pace To Draw 500,00 Fans This Season
Posted August 4, 2001 4:25 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Bulls have been around for 99 years, and they have never had a season quite like this one. They are hoping to pull in 500,000 fans. And there's really no big secret to their success; in fact it is pretty simple: They make it fun.
The Bulls are packing fans in every night, and breaking records left and right.
"They come out here, see what we can do, and just want to keep coming back. This has been our best year. We're on pace to hit 500,000," said a Bulls representative.
The minor league team has some pint-sized fans, and of course the big kids get a kick out of it all too.
"It's a fun atmosphere to be out with families. It's a great place to be," said one fan.
This Triple A team has the fourth-highest attendance average in the league, and they have managed to score ten sellouts this season, not something that happens every day with a minor league team.
So why is everyone heading to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park? You name it, they have it, from the hot dogs to the ice-cold beer to everyone's favorite, Wool E. Bull himself. And if you ask the fans, everyone has his own reason for heading out to the ballgame
"I like all the stuff that goes on between the innings All the fun and games," said one fan.
"Eating and watching the ball game," said one young fan.
"We come out once a month, we both love baseball and there's not a better place to spend a summer evening," said another fan.
With only 14 home games left, the Bulls believe they can shatter last year's attendance records, and they plan on doing it with a smile.
People come from as far away as Burlington to see the Bulls In fact, 70 percent of the fans come from outside of Durham.