This horseshoe-shaped stadium opened in October 1929 with a loss by the Blue Devils to the University of Pittsburgh. The open end of the stadium is nestled against towering pines. The largest crowd at Wallace Wade Stadium -- 57,500 -- gathered Nov. 19, 1949, to see Duke take on rival North Carolina.
Originally Duke Stadium, it was later renamed after legendary Duke coach Wallace Wade. In 1930, Wade shocked the football world with a decision to leave Alabama to coach the Blue Devils. He had won three national titles while at Alabama. His coaching success would continue at Duke, where his teams won seven Southern Conference titles and earned two Rose Bowl berths during Wade's 16 seasons in Durham, N.C.
Perhaps the most famous season to be played out at then Duke Stadium was 1938, when the Blue Devils went undefeated and never allowed an opponent to tally a single point in the regular season. The lone score Duke did permit came in the Rose Bowl, where a final-minute touchdown gave USC a 7-3 victory.
The last title of any kind the Duke football team has earned in the confines of Wallace Wade stadium came in 1989, when the team finished with a share of the ACC title alongside Virginia. That team was led by the 1988 and 1989 ACC Coach of the Year Steve Spurrier.
Wallace Wade Stadium owns a special piece in the landscape of college football. The facility can boast that it is the only stadium outside of Pasadena, Calif., to host the Rose Bowl. During World War II, large crowds gathering in the West Coast were considered major risks, therefore the 1942 Rose Bowl was played at Duke Stadium. Oregon State defeated Duke 20-16 in the game. In honor of that occasion, visitors here are welcomed by rose bushes, provided directly from the Tournament of Roses Committee, surrounding the bust of Wallace Wade.