In 1988, the movie called Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, was filmed on location at the Historic Durham Athletic Park (the former home of the Durham Bulls Baseball team). Considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time, by sources like ESPN and The American Film Institute, it shows off the historic site built as El Toro Park in 1926. The Historic Durham Athletic Park is now home to festivals, special events, and amateur baseball games each year. Situated in the Central Park district, it's only a short walk from the heart of downtown to the site of Durham and cinema history.
After the Durham Bulls Athletic Park underwent a $20 million facelift in the 2013 off-season, the freshly removed park now seats 10,000 fans. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park welcomed more fans in 2014 than any other season in franchise's 112-year history. "This record is first and foremost a testament to the most amazing fans in Minor League Baseball," said General Manager Mike Birling. "To be able to continue to grow the Durham Bulls brand over a century into our existence says so much about our fans. We are also incredibly proud of our staff, sponsors, and community partners, for helping to make 2014 a historic season that none of us will forget."
Duke University Football started their season 3-0 for the first time in twenty years! Head Coach David Cutcliffe was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by The Walter Camp Foundation after guiding the Blue Devils to a 10-2 record including the ACC's Coastal Division Championship. This is Coach Cutliffe's seventh year at Duke in his distinguished football coaching career he mentored Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
2014 Scheduled Durham Home Games Still To Play This Fall:
Sat. Sept. 20 Duke vs. Tulane
Sat. Oct. 18 Duke vs. Virginia
Sat. Nov. 15 Duke vs. Virginia Tech
Thurs.Nov. 20 Duke vs. North Carolina
Sat. Nov. 29 Duke vs. Wake Forest
Freshman Rookie Shaun Wilson Carries Duke to 41-3 Victory over Kansas Sat. Sept. 13, 2014
Legendary Coach "K" or Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced Sha-Shef-Skee) will begin his 34th year at Duke as Head Basketball Coach. This Hall of Fame Coach and 12-Time National Coach of the Year, has built a dynasty that few programs in the history of the game can match (just to name a few of his achievements):
- Four National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
- Four Gold Medals as Head Coach of the USA Men's National Team
- 957 Career Wins (the most in NCAA history)
- 884 Victories at Duke, including 402 ACC wins
- 82 NCAA Tournament Victories (first all-time)
Fri. Nov. 14 Duke vs. Presbyterian (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
Sat. Nov. 15 Duke vs. Fairfield (Coaches vs. Cancer Classic)
Wed. Nov. 26 Duke vs. Furman
Sun. Nov. 30 Duke vs. Army
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge kicks off the following Duke Basketball Home Games:
Mon. Dec. 15 Duke vs. Elon (home)
Mon. Dec. 29 Duke vs. Toledo (home)
Wed. Dec. 31 Duke vs. Wofford (home)
Sat. Jan. 03 Duke vs. Boston College (home)
Sun. Jan. 11 Duke vs. NC State (away, but in nearby Raleigh)
Tues. Jan. 13 Duke vs. Miami (home)
Mon. Jan. 19 Duke vs. Pitt (home)
Wed. Feb. 04 Duke vs. Georgia Tech (home)
Sat. Feb. 07 Duke vs. Notre Dame (home)
Wed. Feb. 18 Duke vs. North Carolina (home)
Sat. Feb. 21 Duke vs. Clemson (home)
Sat. Feb. 28 Duke vs. Syracuse (home)
Wed. Mar. 04 Duke vs. Wake Forest (home)
The last Duke game before the ACC tournament is against North Carolina at their campus in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina Central University is also located in Durham, NC. Innkeeper Monica Edwards earned her MBA degree at this major university. NCCU has a new football coach this year. Their home game win on September 6 against Elizabeth City State University (34-7), inside O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, is the first in the coaching era of new NCCU head coach Jerry Mack. He was presented with the game ball and was drenched with the contents of a water cooler during a post-game celebration. Player Andre Clark bulled his way to three rushing touchdowns and a hard-hitting Eagle defense held back their opponents.
NCCU College Football Home Games:
Sat. Oct. 04 NCCU vs. Howard University
Sat. Oct. 25 NCCU vs. Savannah State University
Sat. Nov. 08 NCCU vs. Hampton University
Sat. Nov. 22 NCCU vs. North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University's McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium
Home to the NCCU Eagles--2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
If you are looking for exciting sports games, then Durham, NC is the place to be. Innkeepers Monica and Daniel Edwards look forward to hosting you in their lovely Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast home. Click for online reservations. Monica and Daniel enjoy meeting new people and being ambassadors to the great city of Durham.
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.