1. Tobacco Road
Duke is one of the four schools along with Wake Forest, NC State, and North Carolina that make up Tobacco Road. Tobacco Road is the name given to the four-way rivalry that exists between these schools in football, basketball, and baseball. Over the years the Blue Devils have gotten the better of both the Wolfpack and Demon Deacons as they hold the lead in both of those series, 40-36-5 against NC State and 57-37-2 against Wake Forest. Games between Tobacco Road members are fiercely contested, and a must see for all big time college football fans.
2. The Crazies
Duke has one of the most famous student sections in college sports and while basketball may be their first love that doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty of passion for the football team as well. Duke fans are rabid and ready to get behind their team win or lose, so be prepared for some heckling if you come to Wallace Wade Stadium wearing opposition colors.
3. Blue Devil Alley
Blue Devil Alley is a big part of the Duke Football game day experience. It is located outside the North Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium in Krzyzewskiville and opens two and a half hours before kickoff. The festivities here kick off with the Blue Devil team walk and also feature live entertainment and food. If you’re looking for a place on campus to go before the game, then check out Blue Devil Alley.
4. Blue Devil Team Walk
A great pre-game tradition at Duke is to line up at Blue Devil Alley and watch the team walk into the stadium. The Blue Devil Walk gives you the chance to get close to their gridiron heroes before they take the field. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to your favorite Blue Devil players, this is your chance.
5. Duke Concessions
Duke concessions offer a plethora of the southern style comfort food that will satisfy even the most ferocious appetite. Here you’ll find everything from hush puppies and North Carolina BBQ to Greek food. The concessions at Wallace Wade Stadium are some of the finest in the ACC and will surely leave you full and satisfied.
6. The Blue Devil
The famous mascot comes from the nickname of a French military unit from World War I. Today the mascot can be seen performing on the sidelines as he entertains the crowd at halftime and between downs. Look out for the Blue Devil as he is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.
7. Club Blue Devil
Club Blue Devil is a premier tailgating location that features flat screen TVs showing all of the action going on in college football around the nation as well as a robust buffet. If you’re looking to tailgate in style and don’t feel like setting up your then Club Blue Devil is the place for you.
8. Duke Athletics Hall of Fame
Duke has an incredible Athletics Hall of Fame that showcases all of the greatest players and moments in Duke sports history. The hall of fame opens at 9 am or 5 hours before kickoff and closes 25 mins before kickoff, so make sure to get to the game early if you want to check out the hall.
9. Rose Bowl
Wallace Wade Stadium is famous for hosting the 1942 Rose Bowl, the only one which was held outside of Pasadena. The Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Durham in 1942 due to the recent events of Pearl Harbor, which took place in December of 1941. Although the Blue Devils lost the game 20-16 the fact that Wallace Wade Stadium hosted a Rose Bowl is still one of the unique things in the history of college football.
10. Academic Excellence
Duke is one of the best football programs in the nation when it comes to how the team performs in the classroom. The Blue Devils have earned the honor of winning the Academic Achievement Award for 12 years straight as the program continues to have the highest graduation rate in the FBS.