DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University will launch three projects to enhance Wallace Wade Stadium following the current season, Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White announced on Wednesday. This past weekend, the Duke Board of Trustees approved design and granted construction authorization for the three initiatives, which are being funded entirely by private gifts specifically for the renovation.
The three developments include a new tower to replace the Finch-Yeager Building on the west side of the stadium, a new video board and speaker arrangement to be located in the south end zone as well as concourse enhancements on the North and West Gates of the facility, which opened in 1929 as Duke Stadium and was renamed for Hall of Fame coach Wallace Wade in 1967.
“Certainly, based on final approval from the Duke Board of Trustees, we are thrilled that we can now move forward with these transformational plans in Wallace Wade Stadium,” said White. “When completed in 2016, Duke’s football facilities will rank among the finest in college athletics – on a scale appropriate for the University. High level sporting events create such tremendous opportunities to attract many members of the Duke family to campus. The premium amenities included in these state-of-the-art renovations will generate a first-rate experience for our alumni, friends, fans and most importantly, an optimal gameday atmosphere for our student-athletes.”
The new five-story, 90,000-plus square foot tower will include six different concession booths and restrooms on the main concourse level. The second floor contains a 300-plus seating dining room, exterior club accommodations and six luxury suites. The third level houses 15 additional luxury suites as well as the President's box. The fourth floor provides space for media, home and visiting coaches, broadcast and gameday operations with additional video filming space located on the roof.
Duke will partner with Daktronics for the implementation of a new LED video board in the south end zone. The board's viewing surface will measure 42 feet high by 75.6 feet wide for 3,175 square feet – more than doubling that of the current video board – and display at a true 1080P high definition resolution.
Concourse enhancements also include guest services and first aid stations, truly integrated ADA and companion seating balconies, a new stair and elevator tower, new exposed black aggregate paving around the concourse, enriched lighting along the interior and exterior of the concourse, and nine new sections of blue seats, replacing existing bleachers.
Additionally, the stadium’s current restroom count of 184 (110 women’s & 74 men’s) will be increased to a total of 495 (313 women’s & 182 men’s) when the entire project is completed prior to the 2016 football season.
Along with the lowering of the stadium's field level and installing a new Latitude 36 natural sod surface, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2014, these projects are scheduled to begin following the current regular season which concludes on Saturday, November 29 with Duke's home game against Wake Forest.
Duke also has partnered with Beck for design and construction of these projects. Founded in 1912, Beck has over 600 employees, working among offices in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Mexico City and Tampa.