Bulls announce plans to celebrate 25 years of ‘Bull Durham’
The Durham Bulls plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of “Bull Durham,” the 1988 hit movie that made the team internationally famous. Themed in-game entertainment, “Bull Durham”-era throwback jerseys, and giveaway items are among the activities on tap in 2013.
At every home game during the 2013 season, fans will be welcomed by the familiar “Rules of the Game” video voiced by a Susan Sarandon-sounding announcer. Then during each game, Bulls fans will be treated to at least one “Bull Durham” themed in-game entertainment feature, including the Bull Durham Racers.
Unveiled on Opening Day, the Racers are Racer Crash, Racer Nuke and Racer Annie. They will appear at big home games, racing along the warning track before exiting into the crowd for up-close photo opportunities. Other in-game features will include trivia contests and videos of former and current Bulls re-enacting famous scenes from the movie.
During Saturday home games, the Bulls will sport “Bull Durham”-era throwback jerseys. These late ’80s, early ’90s style pullover tops will be auctioned off during the final Saturday home game of the season on Aug. 24, with proceeds going to local nonprofit groups. The jerseys will also be worn on June 16 when the Bulls host the Bull Durham 25th Anniversary Celebration, a game-long tribute to the film coinciding with the exact weekend it was released a quarter century ago.
At concession stands, the spicy “Nuke Dog” makes its menu debut. Named for the fireball throwing Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, it’s a classic Carolina Packers red hot dog with crushed red pepper as an added ingredient. The “Nuke Dog” is also topped with the award-winning “Get Me a Switch” spicy relish from locally based Cottage Lane Kitchen.
More “Bull Durham” themed features and events will be announced throughout the season.