Announcement of Duke Athletics’ Project to Upgrade Playing Surface at Brooks Field in Wallace Wade Stadium

Duke Athletics announced their project to update the playing surface at Brooks Field in Wallace Wade Stadium on Monday.

Introduction of Artificial Turf in Duke Blue

Beginning in May, Duke Athletics will install artificial turf in the Duke Blue shade, a project estimated to take two months to complete. The unveiling is slated for Friday, August 30, coinciding with the Blue Devils’ welcome to Elon to kick off their season.

Historical Significance of the Stadium

The stadium, opened in 1929, was the first athletic facility on Duke’s West Campus. Originally named in 1967 for former Blue Devil head coach Wallace Wade, it was renamed for former student-athlete Steve Brooks and his wife Eileen in 2015.

Renovations Over the Years of Wallace Wade Stadium

Only one other renovation has occurred in the history of this venue, a three-phase project initiated after the completion of the 2014 season and concluded before the 2017 season. During the previous renovation, the playing surface was lowered by seven feet, the track surrounding it was removed, and an LED video board was installed. Additionally, Duke added the Blue Devil Tower, a 97,160-square-foot facility featuring clubs, suites, and a press box.

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