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Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Home of the Durham Bulls
(1995 - )

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Sahlen Field
Key to diagrams

Vital statistics:
Lifetime Seating
Seating rows
Overhang /
shade %
Est. territory
(1,000 sq. ft.)
Fence height  CF
orien- tation
Back-stop Outfield dimensions
Built Status Lower deck Middle deck Upper deck Lower deck Upper deck Fair Foul LF CF RF Left
Left-center Center field Right-center Right field
1995 FINE 10,000 25 - -- 65% -- -- -- 30 8 8 SSE 55 303 (338) 395 (355) 329

BEEN THERE: I visited during batting practice for a game on September 25, 2022.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park was a marked improvement over the Durham Bulls' previous home at Durham Athletic Park (located about one mile to the north), where the movie Bull Durham was filmed. It is much smaller in seating capacity compared to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, however.

The major distinguishing feature is the tall left-field wall known as the "Blue Monster," alluding to Fenway Park's "Green Monster." On top of that wall is the "Snorting Bull," an upgraded version of the bull that appeared in right field in the movie Bull Durham.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park


camera External view from the southwest camera View from center field (All photos were taken on Sept. 25, 2022.)

camera View of grandstand from left field camera Left field, showing the iconic "Durham Bull"

Durham Bulls Athletic Park from CF
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
The Clem Criteria:
Location * Aesthetics Overall
7 8 8 8 8 7.8

* See the Stadium locations page.

Visit Raleigh-Durham!

The city of Durham is only 20 miles from Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, so the Bulls enjoy a bigger fan base than might be indicated by Durham's own population: about 285,000 vs. 475,000 for Raleigh.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: North Carolina state capitol building in Raleigh, downtown Durham skyline, First Baptist Church in Raleigh, Carter-Finley Stadium (NCSU) on the west edge of Raleigh, Coastal Credit Union Music Park, on the southeast edge of Raleigh, and the back side of the Durham Bull, by the left field foul pole.

Vox populi: Fans' impressions

Have you been to this stadium? If so, feel free to share your impressions of it with other fans! (Registration is required.) Also, I welcome submissions of original stadium photos that fans have taken, and will make sure they get properly credited. Just send me an e-mail message via the Contact page.

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