Wallace Wade Stadium – Duke Football
Address: 110 Bassett Rd, Durham, NC 27708
Wallace Wade Stadium has served as the home of the Duke Blue Devils since 1929. Named for legendary Duke head coach Wallace Wade, the stadium is horseshoe-shaped in structure and nestled among the greenery and towering pines of the surrounding Duke forest.
Originally, known as Duke Stadium, the facility opened on October 5, 1929 with Pittsburgh defeating Duke in front of 25,000 spectators.
In July of 1967, Duke’s Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the stadium to honor Wade, who coached the Blue Devils to a 110-36-7 record and two Rose Bowl appearances. The dedication took place September 30, 1967.
A lighting system was added in 1984, opening the way for night football at Duke. Lighting features include four 110-foot-high poles with 64 lights apiece, as well as illumination for parking and walkway areas. Duke became the first football facility in North Carolina to boast a video board, which was added prior to the 1998 season.
In 2002, the Duke football program moved into the Yoh Football Center, a facility complete with locker room, weight room, sports medicine area, indoor workout space, player lounge, computer center and meeting spaces. Later in the decade, the Brooks Practice Facility was completed with a full-length practice field with a FieldTurf surface as well as the Brooks Football Building, which houses a locker room, athletic training area, media room and storage space.
Wallace Wade Stadium’s largest crowd flooded through the gates on November 19, 1949, when 57,500 people witnessed the annual Duke-North Carolina game. The current capacity is 33,941 and, in 2008, Duke drew a single-season record four crowds of 30,000-plus fans.
The stadium also owns a special niche in college football history in that it is the only facility outside Pasadena, Calif., to host the Rose Bowl. The 1942 Rose Bowl came to Durham during World War II when gatherings of large crowds on the West Coast were dangerous. Oregon State defeated Duke 20-16 in the contest. Today, in honor of that occasion, rose bushes from the Tournament of Roses Committee flank the bust of Wallace Wade at the stadium entrance.
A tribute to former longtime assistant football coach and a friend to the athletics department, Carmen Falcone, is also located near the student entrance.
Wallace Wade Stadium also has served as the site for the 1990 and 2000 NCAA Track & Field Championships, 1995 USA Pan Africa and 1996 Gold Rush meets