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Durham Bulls Athletic Park to Become First Minor League Facility to Host Esports Tournament

Come join in 3 days of fun and compete for prizes at first ever Durham Bulls Athletic Park Gaming Challenge, Esports Tournament with over 15 games.”
— Walter Rotenberry, Co-President of the Triangle Game Initiative
DURHAM, NC, UNITED STATES, August 17, 2017 / -- DURHAM, NC – Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) will become the first Minor League Baseball facility to host an Esports tournament, when the inaugural DBAP Gaming Challenge takes place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the ballpark.

The three-day event will utilize much of the park’s unique event space, including the PNC Triangle Club, party decks, dugout tops and the team’s Blue Monster videoboard, which measures 63 feet wide by 25 feet tall. Additionally, the park’s concessions will operate throughout the three days, as Friday’s session will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday’s session from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday’s session from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We’re extremely excited to host the inaugural DBAP Gaming Challenge,” Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said. “Esports is an industry that continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we’re looking forward to beginning the DGC and making it an annual event in Durham at our stadium.”

The event, presented in part by Coastal Credit Union and being run in association with the Carolina Games Summit and Amateur Esports League, will feature a $5,000 pot across multiple tournaments. Over 15 games will be available for gameplay over the three-day span, including Super Smash Bros. Melee, Call of Duty, Halo 5, MLB The Show and Rocket League. The Triangle Game Initiative helps the Triangle stay a leader in interactive entertainment by promoting the Triangle region, attracting game companies and employees to the area while growing the market for all of us.

Tickets for the event begin at just $12, and gamers can find a full list of games/tournaments and ticket pricing at

The first-place Durham Bulls’ final regular season homestand of the season begins on Monday, August 21 and concludes on Sunday, August. 27. Single-game tickets and group ticket packages for the 2017 season are on-sale now at, the Frontier Communications Ticket Office or by calling 919.956.BULL.

Michael Everett
Carolina Games Summit
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