DUKE FOOTBALL – WHAT’S NEW ON DUKE FOOTBALL GAME DAY IN 2013!
The 2013 Duke Football season is a week away and we want you to be prepared for game day. Check out below the parking, traffic, stadium, and rules changes that are new on Duke Football Game Day in 2013! For more in-depth information on everything listed below, fans should visit www.goduke.com/gameday and click on Football under the A-Z guide section in the middle of the page to reach the 2013 Football A-Z Game Day Guide.
Parking and Traffic Updates for 2013 – Please review the following parking and traffic notes to help plan your trip to Wallace Wade Stadium for game day.
• Main Street Road Closure – Main Street in Durham will be closed from Buchanan Blvd. to Swift Avenue/Broad Street until October for a bridge replacement project. All traffic, the Bull City Connector, and Duke University Buses will be rerouted for the duration of the project. Please refer to DukeToday (today.duke.edu), Duke TransLoc (duke.transloc.com), and the Bull City Connector website (www.bullcityconnector.org) for updates on construction and bus route changes.
• I-40/I-440 Road Closures – The I-40/I-440 area of South Raleigh will have travel lanes closed for months at a time starting Summer/Fall 2013. The complete rebuild could take up to three (3) years to complete. For lane closures, alternate routes and additional project information from the NCDOT, please refer to www.ncdot.gov/projects/I40-440Rebuild
• University Construction Projects – Multiple construction projects on campus and around Wallace Wade Stadium will be ongoing during the 2013 football season. Iron Dukes parking on Frank Bassett Drive should note that the parking area will be adjacent to a construction area and will not be fully paved. In addition, those parking in the RV/OV Lot (Small Circuit Lot) should note a decrease in available spaces due to pond construction.
• Updated Pre-Game Parking and Traffic Map – An updated pre-game parking and traffic map is now available in the Football A-Z Guide on www.goduke.com/gameday.
Stadium Updates – Fans will notice some minor tweaks have been made to improve stadium operations for football game days in 2013. Please review the items below.
• Coca-Cola Kids’ Zone – The Coca-Cola Kids’ Zone is now located outside of Wallace Wade Stadium as part of the pre-game festivities in Blue Devil Alley. The Coca-Cola Kids’ Zone will open two and a half (2.5) hours prior to kick-off and close thirty (30) minutes prior to kick-off.
• Hospitality Areas – Group and corporate hospitality areas are located in Blue Devil Alley and inside Wallace Wade Stadium. For more information or to order tailgate packages, please contact David Brochu at 919-668-5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Family Restroom and Lactation Room - A Family Restroom and Lactation Room are available on the 1st floor of the Finch Yeager Building just inside the West Gate. Please see a staff member at the building’s main entrance for assistance.
• Text Message Assistance – Duke Fans again will be able to text in any game day problems, issues or needs to the operational command center. On game day, fans just need to text ‘DUKE’ to 69050 and the message will be received by the command center. Security, maintenance, or housekeeping will be dispatched to rectify the problem or issue. Please note that standard data and messaging rates may apply.
• Updated Stadium Map – An updated stadium map is now available in the Football A-Z Guide on www.goduke.com/gameday.
Updated Information for Persons with Disabilities – For our fans with disabilities, please take a moment to review the information below to help make your game day experience as enjoyable as possible. Prior to game day, please feel free to reach out to our disabilities coordinators at 919-668-6213 to help make arrangements for your visit or if you have any special needs, questions, or concerns regarding our accessibility and accommodations.
• General Public Parking for Persons with Disabilities - is available in the Blue Zone lots off of Wannamaker Drive in lots B-2, B-4, and B-7. Wannamaker Drive can be accessed via the Blue Zone Iron Gate on Duke University Road. An accessible drop-off and pick-up point for persons with disabilities is available in the Blue Zone just outside the East Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium.
• Iron Duke Parking for Persons with Disabilities - is available off of Bassett Drive just outside the West Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium. Iron Dukes that need access to this lot should contact the Iron Duke Office at 919-613-7575 to acquire a parking permit before game day. An accessible drop-off and pick-up point for persons with disabilities is available on Bassett Drive across from the lot just outside the West Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium.
• Accessible Lift-Equipped Van - An accessible lift-equipped van will be available as needed for guests needing wheelchair lift assistance. Please notify a parking lot attendant upon arrival to request van service or call the Operational Command Center at 919.668.5777.
• Wheelchair Assistance - Guests who need wheelchair assistance to their seating sections should visit the Guest Services Gazebos located on the concourse just inside the North, East, and West Gates of Wallace Wade Stadium.
• Seating for Persons with Disabilities - is available around the stadium at the top of the seating bowl behind the following sections: 1, 2, 3, 4, 20, 21, 22, 29, and 30.
• Accessible Restrooms for Persons with Disabilities – Accessible Men’s Restrooms are located on the concourse behind Sections 1, 22, and 32. Accessible Women’s Restrooms are located on the concourse behind Sections 2, 21, and 31. Prior to the Wallace Wade Stadium gates opening, please use the accessible portable restrooms that are located just outside the North, East, and West Gates and in the parking lots. For portable restroom locations around campus, please see the portable restroom map located in the Football A-Z guide available on www.goduke.com/gameday.
• Family Restroom and Lactation Room – are available on the 1st floor of the Finch Yeager Press Box located just inside the West Gate. Please see a staff member at the building’s main entrance for assistance.
• Emergency or Severe Weather Evacuation Procedures - If an emergency or severe weather evacuation were activated, stadium event staff and ushers will be available to assist persons with disabilities who request assistance in exiting the stadium or seeking safe shelter.
2013 Important NCAA Football Rule Changes – The following rule changes were approved by the NCAA for the 2013 football season.
• TARGETING WITH CROWN OF HELMET AND TARGETING THE HEAD/NECK AREA OF A DEFENSELESS PLAYER - The penalties for targeting and initiating contact with the crown of the helmet and contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless player now include automatic disqualification of the penalized player for the remainder of the game.
PENALTY—15 yards. Automatic first down for fouls by Team B if not in conflict with other rules.
For fouls in the first half: Disqualification for the remainder of the game. For fouls in the second half: Disqualification for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game. If the foul occurs in the second half of the last game of the season, players with remaining eligibility shall serve the suspension during the first game of the following season. The disqualification is subject to review by Instant Replay.
• 10-SECOND RUNOFF FOR INJURY TIMEOUT LATE IN THE HALF
If the player injury is the only reason for stopping the clock with less than one minute in the half, the opponent has the option of a 10-second runoff. The play clock will be set to 25 seconds. If there is a 10-second runoff the game clock will start on the referee’s signal. If there is no 10-second runoff the game clock will start on the snap. The 10-second runoff may be avoided by a charged team timeout if available. There is no option of a 10-second runoff if there are injuries to opposing players.
• MINIMUM TIME FOR A PLAY AFTER SPIKING THE BALL
If the game clock is stopped with three or more seconds remaining in the quarter and will start on the referee’s signal, the offense may reasonably expect to throw the ball directly to the ground and have enough time for another play. With two seconds or one second on the game clock there is enough time for only one play.