Former Notable Players:
Jones, David Justice, Mickey Lolich, Rusty Staub and Joe Morgan.
Built on the site of the wooden El Toro Park, which
burned to the ground, this concrete and steel stadium was built
for $100,000 in 1939-40. It served as the location for the 1988
, starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
It was the host of teams in both the Piedmont League and Carolina
League until it gave way to the $ 16.1 million downtown
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
in 1995. The
Ellerbe Creek flows under the ball park. After a $5.5 million dollar
renovation the ballpark reopened as a training facility for Minor
League Baseball in 2009, while continuing to host college and amateur
baseball. In 2010 the Durham Bulls returned for an annual International
League game at the historic stadium.