Thursday, April 9, 2015

Season Begins Today

Where the Bulls Are

The Durham Bulls start their 2015 season with a game tonight down in Lawrenceville, Georgia against the Gwinnett Braves (CoolRay field is in Gwinnett County), the Atlanta Braves AAA team. After four games there and then two in Charlotte, the Bulls will finally open at home. Local press preview is in the Gwinnett Daily Post.

As you can see from the map, Coolray Field appears to be a prototypical suburban ballpark. In this case, they are just off I-85, across the interstate from the Mall of Georgia (w/Norstrom anchor store), a Costco, a Sam’s Club and a Wallmart Supercenter. What more could you ask for?

At a guess, fans. The Braves rank next to last in attendance in the International League. Might be a case of being too close to the parent club?

Trivia question: The International League has two parks named after the Coca-Cola brand. Neither is anywhere near the home of the brand in Atlanta. Where are they?

Meanwhile Kip Coons writing for the News & Observer has a interesting season-opening piece that ran this morning.

Speaking of Atlanta affiliates, the Carolina Mudcats are their Advanced A affiliate over east of Raleigh. Also an introductory article in today’s N&O.

How to listen/watch the Bulls today? Assuming things work like last year, go to the website around game time and look for links to audio and video streaming. Audio was free last year. Video required a subscription, and usually brought with it home team play-by-play folks. Some of whom are pretty awful. Have not heard if Patrick Kinas is back. If so, he’s the class act of the bunch and what you may want to do listen to his stream. Radio is probably AM 620.

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