DURHAM, N.C. Ė Duke fans are in for an exciting weekend of Duke athletics this Saturday, Oct. 18. Both the men’s basketball team and the football team have scheduled contests at home during the day.
First, the men’s basketball team tips-off its season with the annual Blue-White Scrimmage set to start at 1:00 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The football team will then kick off its homecoming game against the Miami Hurricanes at 3:30 p.m. inside Wallace Wade Stadium.
Both the basketball and football teams will unite together on the same court during the Blue-White Scrimmage, as the football team will enter into Cameron Indoor Stadium as they make their way to Wallace Wade Stadium.
“We are all Duke,” Mike Krzyzewski said. “As coaches, sometimes we get our blinders on and lose sight of all the terrific things going on around us. This is a great way for our basketball program to be a small part of the Homecoming festivities this weekend. At Duke, we have always supported each other well. It is partly why Duke is so special. While we're anxious to officially start our own season this week, we're equally excited about what is going on with football. Coach Cutcliffe has done an amazing job in changing the culture of our football program. It is an exciting time for Duke Athletics.”
The additional treat for fans will occur at 1:15 p.m. during the Blue-White Scrimmage. The scrimmage will be stopped for a few moments while the football team, on their customary pre-game Blue Devil Walk, will walk through Cameron Indoor Stadium in a show of mutual support for both programs.
“We will do our Blue Devil Walk at about 1:15, and we are going to do something a little different,” football coach David Cutcliffe said. “We are going to come and when we get to Cameron to kind of share in the day with our basketball program, they were good enough to do this for us, hold up the Blue-White game just for a second and we will walk through Cameron Indoor Stadium. It should be a fun moment and a good moment for our players, and we will exit out of there to go to the stadium to go play some football.”
The first 500 students to enter Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Blue-White Scrimmage will receive a free Duke basketball t-shirt.
Fans should plan on the scrimmage ending around 2:15 or 2:30 giving you just enough time to catch your breath from the game excitement before moving over to Wallace Wade Stadium to catch the kickoff of the football game against Miami.
Fans can enter Wallace Wade Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 students will receive a Duke mardi gras light-up beads.
“It should be a great atmosphere,” Cutcliffe said. “I really expect a lot of people to be there. We got the 4-for-40 still going on, an opportunity for a lot of people to come. It is the best deal that you can get to come see Duke and Miami play football. It is going to be a great day for football from what I understand. It is one of those 3:30 starts that you got daylight and it ends in kind of that dusk. That is just good football stuff. Hopefully we will see a full stadium of blue.”
It is also Team Day for the football team with over 4,000 youths from local area schools coming to enjoy the festivities. The Dirty Dogs will be performing in Krzyzewskiville from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
On Friday, the football team will be hold a homecoming pep rally from 6-6:45 p.m. at the main west quad, and basketball will hold an open practice in Cameron at 5:00 p.m. with doors being opened for Duke University Employees and the general public starting at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for both the Blue-White Scrimmage and the Duke-Miami football game through the Duke Ticket Office and can be purchased online at GoDuke.com or by phone at 1-877-375-DUKE (3853) or 919-681-BLUE (2583).