Sunday, April 18, 2010

Opening Day...with an assist from Duke

Duke University played a major role on Opening Night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. We appreciate the University's participation on air and land.

Duke's Life Flight helicopter delivered Wool E. Bull and our National Championship trophy...landing in the outfield during the pre-game festivities. Very dramatic!

And the Duke men's basketball NCAA 2010 National Champions joined us at at the DBAP, too...for a first pitch(es) ceremony and on-field recognition of the entire team.

I want to thank Duke's Athletic Dept. and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce for staging the community celebration of Duke's National Championship in downtown Durham - on the American Tobacco Campus - and then bringing the observance across the street to the ballpark.

Downtown office workers had an opportunity to join in the hoopla as well as baseball fans from across the Triangle. Coach K was most gracious with his remarks about Durham, and the team seemed to enjoy the hometown adulation. Take a look at the Herald-Sun story and Coach K's comments.

It was a big evening for the have both National Championship trophies in the ballpark. Championship karma. A great way to begin the 2010 season!

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