Bulls announce 2014 schedule, anticipate upgrades around diamond
The Durham Bulls will kick off their All-Star summer by showing off their renovated stadium in early April.
The Bulls announced their 2014 schedule on Monday and it shows the team beginning defense of their International League Governor’s Cup championship with an eight-game season-opening homestand.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is currently undergoing $15 million in improvements, which the city and the team will show off to the country when the Triple-A All-Star Game is played there on July 16. It will be the first time the Triple-A All-Star Game is held in Durham.
The Bulls open the season on April 3 against the Gwinnett Braves. Following that four-game series, Durham plays four more against another International League South Division foe, the Charlotte Knights.
The Bulls make their first trip to Charlotte’s new downtown stadium, BB&T Park, on April 22 for a four-game series.
Also in the first half of the season, Pawtucket makes its lone visit to Durham for a four-game series June 2-6. The Bulls beat the Red Sox in the Governor’s Cup final series last month.
The All-Star Week festivities begin the weekend of July 12 with the All-Star Fan Fest in downtown Durham. The top sluggers in Triple-A baseball will take their shots at the Snorting Bull sign above the Blue Monster in left field during the Home Run Derby on July 14.
Two nights later, the Triple-A All-Star Game is held on July 16.
The Bulls will be aiming to win their seventh International League South Division championship in the last eight seasons next summer. The schedule sets up nicely for their final stretch.
Durham will play 16 of its final 25 games at the DBAP. That includes the regular-season finale on Sept. 1 at 1:05 p.m.
Durham’s 72-game home schedule includes nearly half of the games on the weekend. The Bulls have 11 Friday home games, 11 on Saturdays and 13 games on Sundays.
Bulls season tickets and mini-plan tickets are on sale now. Information is available at durhambulls.com or by calling 919-956-2855.