Upgrades planned for Duke's football, basketball venues

lkeeley@newsobserver.comOctober 1, 2012 

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Bill Whicker of Mebane, N.C. waves his Blue Devil flag during a celebration of Duke's National Championship on Tuesday afternoon April 6, 2010 in in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C..

ROBERT WILLETT — 2010 News & Observer file photo

Major changes are set for Wallace Wade and Cameron Indoor stadiums.

Renovations to Duke’s football and basketball stadiums and construction of a new track stadium highlight a $250 million capital campaign for the athletic department. The projects are part of Duke’s recently announced $3.25 billion fundraising effort, Duke Forward: Partnering for the Future.

Citing a broadly felt desire to “raise the bar” of the football program, the plan calls for the addition of more than 700 club seats and 20 suites, new entryways, concessions and restrooms and the removal of the track surrounding the field, which will eventually allow for the closure of the lower seating bowl. The capacity will increase to nearly 44,000, about 10,000 more than Wallace Wade currently holds.

“From the football standpoint, the plans to enhance Wallace Wade Stadium, our gameday experience and the overall environment of our program are a true sign of the incredible commitment from our leadership,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “We’ve made great strides with the Yoh Football Center, Brooks Practice Facility and Pascal Field House, and the forthcoming renovations to Wallace Wade Stadium will complement those facilities perfectly.”

The new track stadium will be northwest of Wallace Wade Stadium. A new press box will be built between it and Koshkinen Stadium, which houses both soccer and lacrosse.

A two-story addition with a lobby, special access club and suites will be coming to Cameron. New locker rooms and restrooms are in the plan as well, which calls for maintaining the trademark intimate atmosphere.

“Ultimately, Cameron will become a facility with all the modern amenities fans expect at major sporting events,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “while never changing its intimacy or tremendous sense of history.”

Other planned additions include a new pavilion and athletics center for the Murray Building and a Blue Devil Pedestrian Plaza that will connect Wallace Wade, Cameron, and the Olympic sports venues.

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