DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – First responders can attend Wednesday’s Durham Bulls home game for free while other fans can help support recovery efforts for gas explosion victims.
The team is hosting two special events for the May 1 day game against the Norfolk Tides.
Bull City Strong Day will honor firefighters, paramedics, and police officers.
“We will be offering free tickets to first responders, and a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Durham One Fund, in response to accidental explosion back on April 10,” Bulls communications director Matt Sutor said.
Wednesday will also be the second of two Education Days at the ballpark. Teachers took thousands of students out to the ball game Tuesday morning as the Bulls lost 9-5 to the Tides.
“It’s something a little bit different than a traditional Durham Bulls game. Obviously, we have a morning start, so a 10:35 a.m. first pitch, but it’s also a day of learning at the ballpark,” Sutor said.
“We try to incorporate some of the things that students learn in school on a day-to-day basis, but also try to incorporate some of the science and math that goes into a baseball game, for example, explaining what earned run average is with an in-between inning video.”
Interactive stations included exhibits hosted by the Duke Lemur Center, the North Carolina State Parks Department, the Museum of Natural Sciences, and Durham County Libraries.
Wednesday’s Education Day event was on the calendar before the scheduling of a North Carolina teachers rally on May 1.
“There have been some schools that have had to drop out because of the school closures, but because of that, we are still offering tickets to any families that might be affected by it. If parents have to stay home, hey, we’re still having a baseball game,” Sutor said.
“We’ll still be having educational themed promotions throughout the afternoon, so it’s still worth coming out to the ballpark to enjoy,”
The Major League Baseball affiliate of the Bulls, the Tampa Bay Rays, sent mascot Raymond to join Wool E. Bull in entertaining the children at the ballpark Tuesday.
For more information about the Education Days and the National Baseball Hall of Fame curriculum, click here.