Durham is home to a selection of major sports facilities that are available to planners looking to hold a sports event in the area. Hosting a number of different events throughout their history, each of the following facilities provides a unique opportunity for both sports teams and fans.
Perhaps the most famous college basketball locale in the country, Cameron Indoor is considered hallowed ground for sports fans. Home of both the Duke men’s and women’s basketball teams, this stadium is known for its unbeatable atmosphere, made possible by the close proximity of fans to the action on the court. In addition, its location next to the Duke Basketball Museum and Sports Hall of Fame makes it an ideal spot for visitors. Learn more about this facility.
The golf course at Duke University dates back to the 1930s, when plans were first discussed for its construction. It was opened to the public almost 25 years later, in 1957. Originally designed by influential golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., it was later restored by Jones’s son, Rees Jones, who also renovated a number of US Open courses. The club has six PGA professionals on staff and includes the Washington Duke Inn, offering 271 elegant guest rooms and suites for a comfortable stay. Learn more about this facility.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) is one of the most famous sites in Durham. Not only does it host the Durham Bulls, perhaps the most famous minor league baseball team in the country, but it has also been the location for a number of premier events, like the Triple-A All-Star Game and the ACC baseball tournament. The combination of state-of-the-art facilities and a gorgeous downtown setting surrounded by renovated tobacco warehouses means that any event at DBAP is going to be a memorable one. Learn more about this facility.
Located just north of Downtown Durham, the Durham County Memorial Stadium was originally built in 1959. It was then upgraded and reopened in 2010 to serve as the host of sporting events for Durham and the surrounding counties. In that capacity, it’s been the home of Shaw University’s athletic teams, the CIAA football championship, high school championships, and the Carolina Phoenix, the 2013 International Women’s Football League World Champions. Learn more about this facility.
Originally called El Toro Park when it was built in 1926, the Historic Durham Athletic Park served as the home of the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years. It was also famously the shooting location for the movie Bull Durham, which focused on the baseball team. Since the Bulls have moved to their new stadium, the Historic Durham Athletic Park has become the home of the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Eagles baseball team, as well as a number of other community events. It is located in the Central Park District, one of Downtown Durham’s popular and walkable downtown areas, convenient to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Learn more about this facility.
Located at NCCU, the L.T. Walker Complex is a state-of-the-art facility serving the needs of the student body. In addition to the multiple gymnasiums, the complex also features an Olympic-sized indoor pool, courts for tennis and racquetball, weight training facilities, and more. All told, the complex can accommodate a variety of needs all at one convenient location. Learn more about this facility.
McLendon-McDougald is home to NCCU’s basketball team, which made history by qualifying for their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2014. But one of the gym’s namesakes, John McLendon, was making history long before that: he was one of the organizers of the first integrated college basketball game, played behind closed doors between NCCU (then called North Carolina College) and the Duke University Medical School. Learn more about this facility.
Located in the heart of NCCU’s beautiful campus in East Durham, O’Kelly-Riddick is the home of the NCCU football team, as well as the track and field team, which competes on the adjacent track. The stadium was built in 1975. Learn more about this facility.
Primarily used as a practice facility for Duke’s football team and as a field for Duke’s students to use for intramural sports, Pascal Field House is a full-size, indoor football field with retractable goal posts. It is located within the Brooks Practice Facility and was named after Bob Pascal, a former All-American running back. Learn more about this facility.
Durham’s largest sporting facility, Wallace Wade’s namesake was a former Duke football coach who led them to six Southern Conference titles. He also coached in the only Rose Bowl to be played in Durham, which was moved here in 1942 due to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The stadium was opened in 1929 as the first facility of Duke’s West Campus. Renovations started in 2012 that will increase seating capacity to over 43,000 people. Learn more about this facility.