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Minor league games provide entertainment on a budget

Posted April 10, 2009 10:43 p.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2009 11:56 p.m. EDT

— People looking for a fun Friday night on a budget headed to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Durham Bulls are trying to keep their games affordable, officials said. Their new promotion is called a “Nine Inning Vacation for $9.” The packages include a ticket and a free gift including a hat or bag of peanuts.

Single game tickets are available from $7 to $9.

Dave Ogle spent a little more than $30 on tickets for himself and his three sons. “(It's) the best value we can find for the money,” he said.

After getting pizza, sodas, pretzels and ice cream, Ogle said he spent about $80 for the night.

“They have a good time out here,” Ogle said of his sons.

Matt DeMargel, director of media relations, said Thursday’s season opener brought 8,300 fans – about the same as the previous year’s attendance.

While individual tickets have remained steady, DeMargel said local companies are not buying tickets like they used to.

“Business sales are down around 5 percent,” DeMargel said.

Friday’s game was rained out, but tickets may be exchanged for any regular season home game this season.