What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Outdoor movies, golf course: Durham Bulls Athletic Park stays busy despite canceled season

Posted October 21, 2020 9:39 a.m. EDT

Wool E. Bull races his go-kart around the field prior to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs-Durham Bulls baseball game Monday, May 13, 2013, at the Durham Bulls Athletics Park. The game was the fifth of the season with a daytime first pitch and ended with a Bulls 8-2 victory. The last scheduled day game will be played on June 3. (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati)

— When the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the minor league baseball season being canceled in June, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park's normally busy summer was suddenly wide open.

But the Durham Bulls staff had some ideas for events they could still host at the stadium, once coronavirus restrictions lifted.

Durham Bulls Director of Corporate Partnerships Nick Bavin said that the staff began coming up with ideas for other events to host at the stadium in mid-March when the pandemic hit the area.

"Movies were very high up on that list of things that we could possibly do. We have that giant video board and we're an outdoor space," Bavin said on this week's Out and About Podcast.

It took several months to put together, but the DBAP is hosting the Candid Yams Kickback movie series this month in partnership Beats n Bars Festival and PNC Bank. The final two movies will screen on Thursday ("Just Mercy") and Sunday ("Selma").

Bavin said talks started in June about the movie series, which is curated by Candid Yams Kickback's Rashad Little.

"(Rashad)'s been doing a really great job and his area of expertise with showing movies and relating it back to the community and building relationships and helping people find a quality of their life through film. And so I've been doing the same thing with music and our culture hip hop," Beats n Bars Festival's co-founder Crystal Taylor said.

Taylor said when she and Bavin started talking about ways to partner during the pandemic, she thought about ways to incorporate social consciousness in light of the recent death of George Floyd.

"It was a great opportunity to try to execute something that could bring the community back together," Taylor said.

Admission for each movie is $10 per adult and children under 10 years old are admitted free.

People are required to wear face coverings and there is free hand sanitizer available. Groups are placed in socially distanced pods throughout the baseball field.

Movies aren't the only activities happening at DBAP this year. The park is converting into a golf course for a special event next week.

Lollygagger Links will be open Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Guests will be teeing off from elevated platforms at nine different locations throughout the ballpark. Greens will be located across the ballpark's field.

Players must bring their own clubs. They can use a 9 iron or wedge. Golf balls will be provided.

To maintain social distancing, tee times are limited to four to six people per booking. Face coverings will be required.

Prices are $25 per round during non-peak hours and $40 per round during peak hours including weekends and evenings.

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