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 for the second straight year. However, with the attack on Pearl Harbor coming just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, travel restrictions were placed on the West Coast, thus meaning not only could the Rose Bowl itself not host the game, but neither could Oregon State, the host team from the PCC. The Rose Bowl committee originally planned to cancel the game, but the University 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.