The transformation for the Duke football program took another step forward today with the announcement from Vice President and Athletic Director Kevin White that the university will begin three enhancement projects for Wallace Wade Stadium following this football season.
There have been rumors and discussions about future changes to Wallace Wade over the past year, but the announcement and design sketches shown at today’s press conference offered a glimpse toward the future of the Duke football stadium, which is another bright part of the program’s future.
The following is taken from the release posted on GoDuke.com by the Duke Sports Information department:
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.
Here are some photos of the sketches that were presented.
Three Wallace Wade projects include a new tower, new video board & concourse enhancements. pic.twitter.com/16I0sR2tVa
— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) September 24, 2014
Here’s the updated version of the renovations coming to Wallace Wade Stadium following the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/tinJxEUQkQ
— Chronicle Sports (@chroniclesports) September 24, 2014
— Stephen Wiseman (@stevewisemanNC) September 24, 2014
If you think back to where this program was ten years ago, this is another sign of the incredible progress that has taken place with Duke football over the past few years.
In 2004, the Blue Devils finished the season with a 2-9 record and were viewed as one of the most irrelevant major conference football programs in the country. Now, Duke is the defending ACC Coastal division champion (with a legitimate chance at repeating) and the Blue Devils will likely head to their third consecutive bowl game.
David Cutcliffe has done what some considered to be unthinkable and made this team a factor in the ACC. He’s improved the quality of coaching, improved the quality of play, and improved the quality of recruiting.
And with today’s news, soon the quality of the facilities will match the great work Cutcliffe is doing on the field.