What Durham Offers
Annie Savoy, Crash Davis and Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh characters of the 1988’s classic Bull Durham movie introduced a national audience to Durham, North Carolina, and its Triple-A baseball team the Durham Bulls. Duke University, and its storied Cameron Indoor Stadium, home to legendary head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Cameron Crazies, also have put Durham on sports fans’ radar. Coupled with North Carolina Central University’s 40-plus CIAA and MEAC conference championships, and Durham has solidified its position as an elite sports destination.
Durham is a tournament director’s dream, with choices ranging from Durham County Memorial Stadium to The Leroy T. Walker Complex, both with accessible and flexible space. Baseball fans will enjoy parks like C.M. Herndon and Valley Springs as well as Historic Durham Athletic Park and the 10,000-seat Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With nationally acclaimed golf courses and facilities for niche sports like curling, pickle ball and disc golf, there’s something for everyone in Durham.
Durham’s All-Star Entertainment Options
Durham is booming. It has more than 70 hotels and 8,300 guest rooms ready to welcome participants, families and fans. Durham is a place that will make you want to stay an extra day to discover all that it offers. From a celebrated food scene to unique shopping districts, kid-friendly museums and entertainment options, no one will have a shortage of things to do.
For the history buffs, Historic Stagville, Bennett Place and Duke Homestead are not to be missed for fascinating Civil War and tobacco history. The Museum of Life + Science covers more than 84 acres and is a must-see for families with interactive exhibits, live animals and much more. The Streets at Southpoint is the perfect destination for rainy days, as one of the nation’s top super-regional malls with over 100 different stores, a cinema and more than 20 restaurants. And for those into the tech scene, feel free to visit Augmentality Labs to try your hand at virtual reality games. No matter what visitors choose to do, everyone will enjoy the sights and sounds of Durham, North Carolina.
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- Half the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive or an hour-long flight
- Places to play that are accessible, affordable and available
- Unique facilities welcome niche sports
- Negotiated room rates with over 70 hotel options
- Marketing support, including social media and public relations
- Funding assistance
- Access to a local volunteer network
- All-star amenities and entertainment options in and around town
- Community engagement
We had an exceptional experience working with the Durham Sports Commission last spring. Ashleigh and her staff were wonderful listeners and proactive is finding solutions to potential roadblocks. Our event is better due to our relationship with the Durham Sports Commission and we look forward to a long productive relationship working together.
–Jon Lantzy, Assistant Director of Athletics & Head Lacrosse Coach, Durham Academy Middle School
BeOneSports and One Hit Promotions would like to thank the Durham Sports Commission for its help and efforts in making our 2nd Annual Hands On Fire Boxing Event, a success. To this day, we have received great feedback and reviews, which has kept spectators inquiring about the next one. The youth boxing clinic hosted by the DSC was also a great eye-opener for young kids who have never stepped into a ring or had a coach go over basic fundamental and life skills. We look forward to working with you again in the near future.
–Brian Dawson, Event Owner, Hands on Fire II and MLK Rising Stars Basketball Tournament
C.M. Herndon Park
Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, football
From athletics to special events, your needs can find a home here. The park has two turf fields lined for both soccer and flag football, plus grass fields for youth sports. In addition, a trail lines the park, making it easy to get a jog in, and there are shelters, picnic tables and a playground.
Valley Springs Park
Sports: Disc golf, baseball, softball, football
The park boasts an athletic field for soccer and other sports, in addition to three adult baseball and softball fields. It also has picnic tables and a playground area. Its most popular feature is the disc golf course, which offers three sets of tees with excellent elevation changes and tight fairways with lined hardwood trees for a challenging layout. It is a big hit with casual disc golfers and competitive players alike.
The LeRoy T. Walker Complex at North Carolina Central University
Sports: Swimming, diving, water polo, basketball, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics, wrestling, racquetball, handball
The athletic facilities at North Carolina Central University seat 1,500 and include four separate gymnasiums, a dance studio, a multipurpose gymnasium (with four basketball courts), and a strength and conditioning facility. The latter facility contains hammer strength, body master, free weights and dumbbells, Olympic platforms, a wellness center, an indoor Olympic-size pool, six racquetball/handball courts and four tennis courts. The Walker Complex also offers a hospitality lounge with a full kitchen, computer technology lab and lecture theater.
Koskinen Stadium at Duke University
Sports: Soccer, lacrosse
Home to the Blue Devil soccer and lacrosse teams, Koskinen Stadium can accommodate 7,000 spectators and is the host site of the annual Duke Adidas Soccer Classic. The 11,000-square-foot complex also features a camera deck, media room and hospitality suite.
Durham County Memorial Stadium
Sports: Track and field, lacrosse, soccer, football
The newly-renovated Durham County Memorial Stadium reopened in the fall of 2010 with new and upgraded facilities, features and services for the citizens of Durham and surrounding counties. It has become a venue for major athletic and community entertainment events; the primary use is for football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. The home football field for Division II Shaw University, it has also hosted numerous Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship games, high school championships, various men’s semi-pro football games and international soccer matches.
Historic Durham Athletic Park
Named El Toro Park when it was built in 1926, the Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years and was the film location for the movie Bull Durham. Its facilities are newly renovated and maintained as the home of the North Carolina Central University baseball team. The complex offers home and visitor dugouts, along with bullpen benches and clubhouses. It has hosted single baseball games, showcase events, scouting events, batting practice and major tournaments.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham Bulls Athletic Park is the home of Triple-A affiliate of baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. It features a 10,000-seat facility equipped with the Diamond View Plaza overlooking the field. The new PNC Triangle Club, exclusive luxury suites, stadium concourses, picnic areas and playing field are available to rent year-round on non-game days. The ACC Baseball Tournament returns to this venue in 2018.
Northern High School
Northern High School goes above and beyond the expectations of most high school gymnasiums. Its gym can seat 1,400 people and has one main court and two cross-courts. There’s also a lobby with concessions. The lower floor includes locker rooms, bathrooms with showers, a training room, weight room and a classroom.
There are some phenomenal spots to tee it up in the Durham area. Treyburn Country Club is a par 72, 7,070-yard championship course designed by Tom Fazio. Treyburn has been ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 10 courses in North Carolina and was named “Best New Course” in its inaugural year. In 2017 it hosted the American Junior Golf Association Amino VITAL Junior Championship.
Hillandale Golf Course is a public golf course with a par 71, 6,339-yard layout designed by George Cobb. The Bull City Invitational, one of the largest minority tournaments on the East Coast, calls Hillandale home.
Duke University Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones- and Reese Jones-designed par 72, 7,154-yard course, has been rated by Golfweek as a top 10 public course in North Carolina. The club has hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and is on The Washington Duke Inn’s grounds, one of North Carolina’s most celebrated hotels.
Triangle Curling Center
This dedicated curling facility offers 14,500 square feet of space and includes four curling sheets and a lounge. Home to the Triangle Curling Club, it offers league play, practice and instruction. It is just one of two dedicated curling facilities in the Carolinas and Virginia.
American Tobacco Trail
Sports: Cycling, running, hiking
American Tobacco Trail winds majestically through the city of Durham and Chatham and Wake counties. The trail is great for bicycling, hiking, walking and running, as it boasts over 12 miles of trails stretching from downtown Durham to Highway 54. If you enjoy running, hiking or just taking a leisurely stroll, you will love the tranquility of American Tobacco Trail.
How Do We Get There?
According to the town’s website, more than half of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive or an hour’s flight of Durham.
By Car: Interstates 85 and 40, plus U.S. Highways 70 and 15-501, connect Durham to the rest of the country. These are the easiest routes to take when driving into town.
By Air: Raleigh-Durham International Airport is an East Coast hub, not to mention being one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports. It is situated on the edge of Wake County, only 14 miles from the heart of Durham.