Duke University have announced they are going to perform a major renovation on Wallace Wade Stadium, the first notable alteration since the stadium opened in 1929.

The $250 million athletics initiative, with $100 million to be spent on several athletic facilities, includes plans to expand seating and improve the facilities in and around the famous stadium. 

Work may begin after the 2013 football season but the University stated: "The timetable for the various projects is dependent on the success of the fund-raising campaign."

Plans will see the track surrounding the field removed, nearly 10,000 seats added to the current capacity, a new press box and luxury suites. 

The University have said in a statement: "Moving the track opens the door for the first stage of Wallace Wade's transformation. The track that circles the field will be removed and the field will be lowered. The stands will be extended closer to the field.

"At the same time, the press box will be demolished [with Duke Sports Medicine, which shares the facility, moving to a new location] and replaced with a new tower that will include premium club seating, loges and suites.

"Also on tap is a new pedestrian plaza connecting Wade, Cameron and the Yoh Center. It will serve as a grand entrance to both the football and basketball stadiums. As part of the project, Duke will construct – adjacent to the Murray Building – a three-level pavilion that will feature new ticket offices and a team store for the public, offices for the athletic department, new training rooms, and a weight room for Olympic sport student-athletes.

"The final phase of the Wade project will be closing in the open end of the horseshoe to turn the stadium into a bowl. The new seating capacity is projected to be 43,915."

Posted on 01/10/2012