Monday, February 24, 2014

Opening Day - At the Museum

Our team is all about baseball - the game, the players, their quest for the Majors - but I have a new perspective on our ballpark. It’s all about people and place. The fans, our staff, the downtown Durham surroundings. That’s what hit me at the opening of Bull City Summer yesterday, the photography exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

A phalanx of photographers followed the Bulls last year, and their multiple, diverse perspectives are on display. Truth be told, they were fascinated with people, not baseball, from portraits of Mayor Bill Bell…to the concessions vendors…to the folks who enjoy the anonymity of their outfield seats. 

One wall is devoted to hundreds of tiny photos as the camera crew attempted to photograph everyone who attended our last regular season game in 2013. They didn’t actually accomplish their mission, but it feels like it as you stare at the wall and pick out all the people you know.

Yet another work of art: My wife and I had brunch Sunday at the museum café, Iris. Try the Oak City Benedict: poached egg and ham atop a fried green tomato slice resting upon a sweet potato biscuit.(I don't know much about art, but I know about eatin'!)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DBAP Preview

I am having an anxiety attack…stuck at home…another snow day thwarting our contractor…so I thought it would be therapeutic to post something about the DBAP do-over. Focus on the outcome!

This Thursday morning shot comes from a security camera on the American Tobacco Campus. I've noted a few of the changes to the third level...

And here's a rendering of the new PNC Triangle Club. We've recruited our first chef for the DBAP to supervise Bull City Hospitality - our catering service at the ballpark.

New Eats! On our new right-field landing, you'll find a fish camp. We're working with the Saltbox Seafood Joint in downtown Durham to develop the menu.

In the left-field corner, we will feature a taqueria, Mexican beers and margaritas. Es muy bueno!

We purchased an old barn in Hurdle Mills last week for its weathered siding and tin roof…to use in the construction of these new stands. 

On the remodeled concourse, we're adding a stand for wings…along with brats and craft beer.

I used the word new five times, plus first, do-over, changes and remodeled. I can't help it. That's the plan - new & improved. Authentic a classic ballpark…for our National Pastime. Opening Day is April 3rd. Get your tickets!