Wallace Wade Stadium

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Wallace Wade Stadium
Wallace Wade Stadium 2005 Virginia Tech at Duke.jpg
Former names Duke Stadium (1929–1967)
Location Frank Bassett Drive, Durham, NC 27706
Coordinates 35°59′43″N 78°56′30″W / 35.99528°N 78.94167°W / 35.99528; -78.94167Coordinates: 35°59′43″N 78°56′30″W / 35.99528°N 78.94167°W / 35.99528; -78.94167
Owner Duke University
Operator Duke University
Capacity 33,941 (1982-present)
40,078 (1978-1981)
44,000 (1942-1977)
35,000 (1929-1941)
Record attendance 57,500 (November 19, 1949)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground December 1928
Opened October 5, 1929
Construction cost $4 million
($54.9 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Horace Trumbauer[3]
Tenants
Duke Blue Devils football (1929–present)

Wallace Wade Stadium is a stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. It opened in 1929 with a game against Pitt, as the first facility in Duke's new west campus. The horseshoe-shaped stands are elevated six feet above the track. Seating for the stadium is for 33,941 people. Originally named Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for the legendary football coach, Wallace Wade.

History[edit]

The stadium is notable for being the site of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game. Duke had won the invitation to the game as the eastern representative. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, led to fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast. General John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command, advised the Tournament of Roses Association not to hold the game at the Rose Bowl Stadium itself, since he was not willing to take a chance on the Japanese choosing to stage a bombing raid on a stadium with over 90,000 people in attendance. Soon afterward, the government banned all large public gatherings on the West Coast, which ruled out Bell Field on the campus of Oregon State, the host team from the PCC, as an alternative venue. The Tournament of Roses Association originally planned to cancel the game, but Duke officials invited the Rose Bowl and Oregon State to Durham to play the game. The offer was accepted, and on a cold, rainy January 1, 1942, 56,000 fans, 22,000 of whom sat on bleachers borrowed from nearby NC State and UNC, watched the heavily favored Blue Devils fall to the strong defense of the Beavers 20-16. It is still the only time the game has been played outside of Pasadena, California.

In October 2012, Duke announces they will begin major renovations that will eventually seat 43,915.[4]

In September 2014 renovation plans were released. The new Wallace Wade Stadium will seat nearly 40,000 and have 21 luxury suites housed within a new five-story, 90,000 square foot tower along the stadium’s west side. A new LED video board will rise above the south end zone, featuring a high definition viewing surface 42 feet high and 75.6 feet tall, doubling the size of the Video board and will be 90 feet closer to the field than the current one. The stadium’s track will be removed so the field can be lowered, which will allow 4,000 additional seats to be added along the playing field. The concourses along the stadium’s north and west sides will be enhanced with new concession and restroom facilities and first aid stations. Integrated seating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be available for disabled guests and their companions.[5]

link to the picture of the new stadium design. [1]

Concerts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Duke Athletics. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Inventory of the Horace Trumbauer Architectural Drawings Collection, 1924 - 1958". Duke University. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Patterson, Chip (October 1, 2012). "Duke Announces Major Renovations for 83-Year-Old Wallace Wade Stadium". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  5. ^ Wiseman, Steve. "Duke football looks ahead to refurbished Wallace Wade". www.heraldsun.com. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 

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