Kevin White, the extensive plan has combined new structures and renovations with the tremendous generosity of supporters at the forefront of the success.DURHAM, N.C. -- With the goal of providing a quality experience for the student body of the institution, Duke University’s Department of Athletics continues to embark on its facility enhancement strategy. Spearheaded by school Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr.
In addition to the entire Duke Athletics staff, White is joined in this effort by Roy Bostock ’62, a former Duke football player and Board of Trustee member, and Chair of the Bostock Group. Bostock Group members include Nick Arison T’03, Kevin Compton P’06, Michael Fitzpatrick P’70, Grant Hill T’94, John Mack T’68, Christopher Rising T’91, Adam Silver T’84, Gary Wilson T’62, and Spike Yoh E’58.
“This is indeed a very exciting moment, relative to providing seriously enhanced facilities for our robust population of student-athletes,” said White. “Notwithstanding, many of these upgrades will also positively impact the balance of our student population through campus recreation as well as the broader Durham community.”
White is quick to acknowledge the driving force behind the additions and improvements to the Duke Athletics landscape.
“Without question, we are deeply grateful for the benefaction of so many Duke alumni, parents, and friends, that have afforded the university the opportunity to make these new and renovated facilities possible,” continued White. “The philosophy at Duke which promotes realizing full potential of the student-athlete, both academically and athletically, is alive and well. The recruitment of the best and the brightest will certainly be impacted by this important work. Most importantly, the entire university community will be the beneficiary of these enhancements of the Athletics Campus.”
The latest addition to Duke’s athletic facility portfolio is the Duke Rowing boathouse, located on Lake Michie in Bahama, N.C. Dedicated on April 12, the boathouse serves both the women’s varsity and men’s club programs and represents the next step in the department’s quest to offer all Blue Devils the best possible experience during their respective tenures in Durham.
“The boathouse is in itself a spectacular addition to our physical plant,” said White. “This wonderful facility will quickly become an outstanding asset for student-athletes as well as club sports wherein both will compete at the highest level.”
In recent years, Duke has unveiled a multitude of projects that have left lasting impressions among its student-athletes, including the Pascal Field House – the indoor practice facility for the Blue Devil football team. In addition to having a dynamic impact on Duke's gridiron program, the indoor facility has significantly augmented the school's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department where over 5,000 students participate in club and intramural sports annually.
“It has been incredible to see how much our program has grown in my time at Duke,” said Dave Harding, who served as a co-captain on Duke’s 2013 football team that won a school record 10 games including the ACC’s Coastal Division championship. “The improvements off the field – such as the practice facility – have been instrumental to our improvement on the field. And it is really exciting to see where it takes us in the future. Duke is a special place, and with the continued support of our administration and donors, it will only get better.”
The 80,000-square foot structure, which opened in August of 2011, also has allowed for increased scheduling flexibility within Duke’s expansive intramural platform while providing additional practice space for multiple sport club programs.
The Pascal Field House – home to K.D. and Sara Lynn Kennedy Field – is part of the Brooks Practice Complex, which Duke head coach David Cutcliffe considers as the foundation of the Blue Devils gridiron program.
“We can’t thank Steve and Eileen Brooks, Bob Pascal, and K.D. and Sara Lynn Kennedy enough for their generous contributions to Duke Football,” said Cutcliffe, the two-time ACC Coach of the Year who guided Duke to bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. “We have as fine of a practice facility as anyone in the country. Our players understand that success comes from hard work, dedication and perseverance, and that it all starts on the practice fields. That primary group of benefactors has set the standard for those traits, and we are so appreciative of their support.”
Other recently renovated facilities include the Soccer Practice Complex on Highway 751 (completed Summer, 2012), Jack Coombs Field (Summer, 2012), Athletic Field Complex located off Bassett Drive (Fall, 2013), Duke University Golf Club (Fall, 2013), Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium (Summer, 2013) and Koskinen Stadium (Spring, 2014).
“First off, I couldn’t be more thankful that Duke provided this new facility for us,” said Josh Dionne, a senior member of Duke’s lacrosse team. “To have a brand new field like this is amazing. It has kept us healthy -- I think the new turf is such a high quality that we can run on it for days without our legs feeling the fatigue. I just think the environment is incredible. I know when I walk through those gates it puts the biggest smile on my face. I couldn’t be more thankful and I think all the players feel that way.
“The new stands at Koskinen -- my grandmother compliments them all the time,” Dionne continued. “The fact that it brings everyone closer and looks nicer is great. I’m a huge fan that they’re right on top of us on the field. I just think it creates a different kind of atmosphere. Koskinen has such a rich tradition for us and to bring the fans closer to the game is all we could ask for as players.”
Today, construction continues on three primary landscapes including Morris Williams Stadium, the new track and field facility which is expected to be completed this coming fall, and Kennedy Tower, an innovative structure that will house broadcast media, VIP seating and additional storage space for Koskinen Stadium, the home of Duke’s men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer programs.
“Having quality venues for practice is so critical for our recruiting and player development,” added Duke head women’s soccer coach Robbie Church, who has led the Blue Devils to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. “And at Koskinen Stadium, the new seating configuration combined with the building of Kennedy Tower is sure to make it one of the finest facilities in the country.”
Additionally, a multi-year refurbishment plan for Wallace Wade Stadium is currently underway, while future designs exist for the enhancement of historic Cameron Indoor Stadium and construction of Scott Family Pavilion, which will most dramatically affect our Olympic Sports.
Added to Cameron Indoor Stadium’s south side will be a fashionable new entranceway, complete with an elite club level located on the second floor, thanks in principle to a generous donation from David Rubenstein. The Scott Family Pavilion, made possible by support from Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott, will sit adjacent to the Murray Building and feature a strength and conditioning facility that will more than double its current space, as well as athletic department offices.
“Working alongside friends like David Rubenstein, Steve and Rebecca Scott and Spike and Mary Yoh, who of course carry the name of our primary football facility and also were instrumental in the building of the Krzyzewski Center, and so many others is what makes Duke University so exceptional,” White stated. “Passion and selflessness are two words that best define our donors, and without their willingness to stay committed to the process, we would not be able to have the magnificent impact on our campus and community.”
All the work described above is part of the Duke Forward Campaign, a university-wide effort to raise $3.2B by June 30, 2017. Duke Athletics is a part of this overall campaign and to date has raised over $175M toward the goal of $250M.