Duke has perhaps the most iconic basketball arena in the country in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but its football atmosphere at Wallace Wade Stadium had been lacking. Despite the Blue Devils football team being undefeated and in the middle of its best stretch in recent history, just over 20,000 fans showed up to watch the team beat Tulane. Today, Duke's Board of Trustees approved plans for major improvements to Wallace Wade.
On Wednesday the Board of Trustees at Duke approved design plans and granted authorization for three projects focusing on improving the football stadium. When all is done, Duke hopes to be able to bring more of a Cameron Indoor feel to the football field.
One project will be to build a tower with luxury suites and premium seating. Another project will add a new video board in the south end zone. One final project will focus on concourse improvements. The playing surface will also be lowered and the track will be removed. The removal of the track will make way for rows of seats to bring fans closer to the action on the field.
“They’re going to be very Duke-like,” Duke athletics director Kevin White said,according to The Charlotte Observer. White had compared the plans to the atmosphere inside Duke’s basketball arena, Cameron Indoor Stadium. “It will be a boutique college football facility,” White continued. “It’s going to be terrific. It’s going to fit Duke really well. I don’t think we need to emulate anybody else. I think we need to figure out what works best at Duke.”
The school has released some renderings of what can be expected when these renovations are complete.
Dave Cutcliffe has done a masterful job in resurrecting what was a long-suffering program for decades. With these upgrades to Wallace Wade Stadium, Blue Devils football may soon have facilities to match.