We know you’re heard of Panera and Jimmy Johns, but what about the distinctly Durham tastes you haven’t yet discovered?
The Bull City offers no shortage of places to experience the madness that is the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, from modern sports bars with televisions literally everywhere you look to more intimate local hangouts.
Even if you live far outside of the boundaries of Durham/Orange County, you’d better figure out which blue you bleed, and quick.
The rivalry between the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels has permeated all types of playing fields, courts, pitches, and stadiums for decades. It’s why students huddle together for warmth in makeshift tents outside Cameron Indoor Stadium, taking shifts to take showers. It’s only during the sweet winter months, however, that we get to see it all play out on the unforgiving hardwood.
Durham is a great place for sports – one of its names is City of Champions.
On June 25-30, 2019, the Durham Sports Commission hosted Durham’s first national championship at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The following is the press release for the event after the bid was secured and preparations began almost two years prior.
All we do is win.
Home to beloved championship teams like the Durham Bulls Baseball Club, the Duke University Blue Devils, and the North Carolina Central University Eagles, Durham offers plenty of opportunities to take in high-level sporting events. Check out the listings below to find the teams that match your interests. You can also browse the event calendar to find upcoming events.
National champions. Hall of fame coaches. The first-ever interracial basketball game. Durham sports history is rich and replete with competitors used to winning big; especially our nationally recognized sports and community champion, the Durham Sports Commission.
Whether baseball, basketball, track and field, fencing, curling, esports or futsal is your thing, Durham is your destination. There are sports to play, games to watch and history to take in every day of the year.
You likely know Durham from the blockbuster film “Bull Durham” — a career game-changer for Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins — and (we’ll claim this unapologetically) the best sports movie of all time. However, do you know about Durham’s role in the creation of baseball cards? You can learn about it all at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in between innings during a Bulls’ game or any time of the year at the Museum of Durham History.
The athletic programs at Duke University and North Carolina Central University are storied and bring the best kind of competition to Durham. Before or after a game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor or Wallace Wade Stadiums, stop by the Duke Basketball Museum and Sports Hall of Fame. Or at NCCU, discover where the Secret Game was played or walk through the center named after Leroy T. Walker, a track and field coach and the first black president of the United States Olympic Committee.
Durham is also home to nontraditional sports: making waves in the e-sports community, hosting national curling bonspiels in the South and more. From America’s pastime to the new age of sports, Durham’s got sports fans covered.
Get out! No … really. Get out — Durham is waiting.
Lakes. Rivers. Public parks. Rails to trails for biking and hiking. Durham’s outdoor spaces are as diverse as they are beautiful.
Durham’s covered in pathways, both urban and natural. Stroll through all 55 acres of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Bike the American Tobacco Trail from downtown to the Streets of Southpoint without competing with car traffic. Fish at Lake Michie or kayak at Little River.
Unwind, exercise and breathe in that fresh air. The Bull City’s offerings allow you to escape or push yourself as much as you wish; don’t resist the challenge of encountering life at it’s fullest while exploring Durham’s outdoor spaces.
Learn about the first interracial basketball game in the Jim Crow South in this WUNC feature about North Carolina Central University’s John McLendon.
The following feature is by Anita Rao, Frank Stasio, and Jess Clark. It was published by WUNC on April 23, 2015. Head to their website to listen to the radio interview Stasio did about this story for WUNC’s The State of Things.