Bull Durham revolves around the lives of baseball players for the Durham Bulls, a real-life team. Baseball groupie Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon, hooks up a minor league player every season and soon becomes involved with both rookie pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, and the veteran catcher assigned to deal with him, Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner.
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Bull Durham Locations in Durham, North Carolina
Historic Durham Athletic Park
The most famous icon from Bull Durham is the Historic Durham Athletic Park, built in 1939 on the site of a former stadium destroyed by fire. It was here that many of the film’s iconic scenes were shot. Today, the namesake minor league team plays at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, but the field is still used by the North Carolina Central University Eagles baseball team.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park was built for the team in 1994 in a larger space downtown. While it wasn’t used as a filming location, it’s where you can see the real team play and where the “Hit Bull, Win Steak” sign was relocated. The park also sells film-related souvenirs.
Nearby, the longtime pool hall Green Room was where Crash and Nuke play a few rounds in between games. In addition to pool, guests can play tabletop shuffleboard, darts, and foosball in between rounds of North Carolina craft beer.
Another notable landmark within Durham is the James Manning House, which stood as Annie’s residence in Bull Durham. Located on North Mangum Street, the Queen Anne Victorian house was built around 1880.
It should go without saying, but this is a private residence. Please be respectful and stay on the sidewalk.
Bull Durham Locations Elsewhere in North Carolina
Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington
Many smaller baseball stadiums around North Carolina were also used in Bull Durham. Burlington Athletic Stadium, located west of Durham, is among them. It was originally built in 1958 in Danville, Virginia, and disassembled before being relocated. It’s home to an Appalachian League team.
Fleming Stadium, Wilson
Fleming Stadium was built in 1939 for a Coastal Plain League team. It’s also home to the North Carolina Baseball Museum, which has exhibits on baseball legends to hail from the state, including Buck Leonard and Enos Slaughter.
Mitch’s Tavern, Raleigh
The longtime Hillsborough Street watering hole Mitch’s Tavern is where Crash and Nuke meet Annie. Here Nuke throws a baseball through the door. A replica of it is inside today, along with a signed photo of the Bull Durham stars. The bar has a full food and drink menu.
McCormick Field, Asheville
Asheville was also used as a location for the film, specifically McCormick Field, which opened in 1924. After Crash leaves the Bulls, he joins the Asheville Tourists, a real minor league team. It’s here that he makes his record-breaking home run hit. During filming, the coach of the UNC-Asheville baseball team assisted Costner, whose jersey now hangs in the office.
World War Memorial Stadium, Greensboro
The historic World War Memorial Stadium was also used in a road trip montage scene. Opened in 1926 on Armistice Day, it was home to a minor league team until 2004. North Carolina A&T University’s baseball team still uses the space.
Looking for a place to stay during your Bull Durham pilgrimage? In Durham, we recommend the Unscripted Durham (review here) or the Washington Duke Inn (home to the Bull Durham Bar). In Raleigh, we recommend the Origin Hotel. In Greensboro, we recommend the Proximity Hotel (review here).
Tom Kunz says
I don’t think the pool playing scene was filmed at the Green Room. I believe it was filmed in California.