Wallace Wade Stadium is a stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. It opened in 1929 with a game against Pitt, as the first facility in Duke's new west campus. The horseshoe-shaped stands are elevated six feet above the track. Seating for the stadium is for 33,941 people. Originally named Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for the legendary Duke football coach, Wallace Wade.
The stadium is notable for being the site of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game. Duke had won the invitation to the game as the eastern representative. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, led to fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast. General John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command, advised the Tournament of Roses Association not to hold the game at the Rose Bowl Stadium itself. Soon afterward, the government banned all large public gatherings on the West Coast, which ruled out Bell Field on the campus of Oregon State, the host team from the PCC, as an alternative venue. The Tournament of Roses Association originally planned to cancel the game, but Duke officials invited the Rose Bowl and Oregon State to Durham to play the game. The offer was accepted, and on a cold, rainy January 1, 1942, 56,000 fans, 22,000 of whom sat on bleachers borrowed from nearby NC State and UNC, watched the heavily favored Blue Devils fall to the strong defense of the Beavers 20-16. It is still the only time the game has been played outside of Pasadena, California.
In October 2012, Duke announces they will begin major renovations that will eventually seat 43,915.
- The Grateful Dead - April 24, 1971
- The Rolling Stones - October 8, 2005
- ↑ Patterson, Chip (October 1, 2012). Duke Announces Major Renovations for 83-Year-Old Wallace Wade Stadium. CBS Sports. Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
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