Like aerial circus performers, baseball players thrive on making acrobatic catches, greasing their mustaches, and comparing leotards during long road trips. Applaud their efforts with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one reserved-seat ticket to any pool-play game in the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship Tournament (up to a $10 value) held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for any of the 12 pool-play games held from Wednesday, May 25 to Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., or 7 p.m. Discounts are available for college students and children; those 2 years and under are admitted for free.
Now in its 38th year, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Baseball Championship is an annual, 13-game tournament of round-robin pool play that showcases eight elite collegiate teams battling for diamond supremacy. Watch some of the NCAA’s top-ranked squads, including NC State, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Virginia, swing for the fences and exhibit tenacious fielding skills. Leisurely lovers of America’s pastime can catch any opening-round game, while fanatics slather body paint on their children. From the stands, pencil in scorecards filled with pitch counts and defensive combinations by players who demonstrate the bat speed, throwing accuracy, and knuckle hair to take them to the big leagues.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park's old-fashioned ballpark feel echoes downtown Durham’s historic architecture and typically seats 10,000. During games, many turn their eyes towards left field where the Blue Monster, a 32-foot-high replica of Fenway Park’s Green Monster, stands decked out in blue attire, mumbling curses at opposing teams under his breath.