(Updated 9/8/18 – The Durham Bulls will have an All You Can Eat option ($16 for ticket and AYCE hot dogs, hamburgers, cheese nachos, pretzels, popcorn and soda for the Governor’s Cup championship series)!)
Nothing says summer time like a beer and hotdog at the ballpark and thankfully we’ve got one of the best minor league teams in town, the Durham Bulls. While you might not find Crash Davis or Nuke LaLoosh at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, what you will find is top-notch baseball and great ballpark food! While I covered some of the great food choices around DPAC and the American Tobacco Campus next door in earlier posts, let’s dive right in to find out what the best eats are behind those brick walls. Whether you’re in the mood for a sandwich, shaved ice, garlic fries or more, it’s time to eat AND play ball!
If you’ve got tickets to a Durham Bulls game, gates open an hour before the game. It’s a good time to catch all the pre-game warm-ups and get autographs from some rising baseball stars (especially if you’re a little kid). Also be aware that the Field Box and Field Reserved tickets have a $5 food/concessions/merchandise credit! This credit is also good for beer so don’t forget. Getting to the ballpark early is a great way to get ready for a relaxing ball game!
In 2015, the Durham Bulls changed over their concessions to Bull City Hospitality which is owned by the team. Climb up the steps at the main entrance and you’ll find the concessions stands are all decorated with a consistent, wood siding motif, all looking quite spiffy. You’ll find your usual hot dogs, burgers, sausages, pretzels, fries and beers along the 1st and 3rd base sides of the stadium concourse. Note: There are more concessions on the 1st base, right-field side of the concourse since it’s the home team side!
The concessions are all well-marked and usually offer candy, peanuts, popcorn and more in addition to the advertised food item Pretty much all the eats at the Durham Bulls ballpark are under $10 (most $4 to $7) so it’s not expensive to eat at this ballpark! And if you want to save some time, you can order eats online with the FanFood app and do an express order pick-up. What’s really cool is that the Durham Bulls Ballpark has brought in some local businesses for concessions so keep an eye out for these specialty spots!
In the center of the concourse you’ll find the very popular Pie Pushers pizza! Pie Pushers does an excellent NY thin-crust slice of za, typically out on Main Street in Durham. Hog Heaven barbeque is also in the house serving up NC barbeque and other Southern favorites.
At the front of the concourse you’ll also find stands for the lovely Pie Hole and LocoPops for paletas (popsicles). It’s really a fun way to enjoy some uniquely Durham spots and their eats! There’s a bit of a state fair feel to these little stands, you’ll also find mini-donuts, funnel cake and more…
Out in right field you’ll also find a terrace area offering up some other delicious options underneath blue skies. First up is a full patio bar complete with craft brews so you can have an adult bevvy in style! Behind the bar you’ll find Smokebox Barbeque serving up smoked meats. And further in you’ll find the Wool E. World children’s play area along with some additional food stands. Note that there are also two beer stands down the left and right-field sides of the ballpark seating areas on the walkway. Super-convenient for a beer and they save you a walk to the concourse ($7 draft beers).
Back in 2018 for Durham Bulls homestands, will be a fun feature food item! The unique food items for 2018 will range from a fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs, BBQ brisket sandwiches, loaded tater tots, fried pretzels, meatloaf sliders, buffalo chicken sandwiches, fried apple pies, fried burgers with boom boom sauce and more. I had a chance to try the delicious (and greasy), tater tot waffle pressed with bacon, jalapenos and cheese last year, check out the Durham Bulls Facebook page for more info here.
Thursday nights at the Durham Bulls ballpark are the very popular family nights when you can get $1 hot dogs, popcorn or sodas. Lines can get pretty busy on warm evenings so I suggest getting food before the 2nd inning and after the 6th. Otherwise you’ll just be wasting time and missing out on some great baseball! The Durham Bulls have quite a few promotions and specials going down, check their promotions schedule for the latest information!
In addition to the great ballpark and food, I really love how the Durham Bulls entertain the crowd beyond the action on the field. Sumo-wrestling, gunning t-shirts into the crowd, kids catching bean bags in their pants, Wool E Bull racing around the field, there’s always something happening between innings! And fireworks on Friday and Saturday night games are always super festive. The Durham Bulls are really minor league baseball at its very best…
Now how can you not enjoy a great night of Triple-A baseball, food and fresh air?! Given the Durham Bulls are part of the Tampa Bay Rays farm system, you’re guaranteed to see a future major-leaguer during your visits here. With $1 Family nights on Thursdays, fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays, you can NOT beat the entertainment value. And I really can’t think of a better way to spend a warm summer evening than at the Durham Bulls ballpark munching on fries, dogs and custard, bon appetit!
So what’s your guilty pleasure at the ballpark? Fess up people!
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Durham, NC 27701