(The Durham Bulls have just released updated guidelines for 2021 guests) 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! Note that as we come out of the pandemic of 2020, LOTS of things have changed for visitors to the Durham Bulls Ballpark.
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). New in 2021, you can purchase Durham Bulls tickets with either a $5 food/concessions/merchandise credit or All You Can Eat option! The AYCE is for hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and chips, the food is served out on the right field concourse. The $5 credit is also good for beer so don’t forget that option if you’re not hungry. Getting to the ballpark early is a great way to get ready for a relaxing ball game. This new for 2021 concessions and food map will help you find what you need. Order online or in some cases, walk-up to order. More pictures from previous seasons are below to get a feel for concessions at the ballpark.
Climb up the concrete 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. There’s also a Foothills beer garden for a leisurely sip.
At the front of the concourse you’ll also find a variety of local food stands. 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 on the left-field side of the park, you’ll find Boricua Soul, a popular Puerto Rican restaurant. With multiple locations in the Bull City, enjoy empanadas, bowls 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 (Jackie’s Landing) 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).
Given the pandemic, the Durham Bulls no longer have dollar dog nights but they have brought out an Afforda-Bull Eats night (Thursdays). There are two on the schedule for 2021: August 19 and September 23. Details below on their value menu:
The Durham Bulls have quite a few promotions and specials going down, check their promotions schedule for the latest information! And you won’t want to miss Durham Bulls player, Wander Franco who is a top-rated prospect in all the minor leagues.
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. 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!