BB&T Field (Groves Stadium)
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|Construction||03/1967 - 09/1968|
|Renovations||1997, 2006, 2007-2008|
|Cost||$4 million (1968), $48 million (2008)|
|Design||Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce (2008)|
|Address||411 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, USA|
BB&T Field – stadium description
The need for a new stadium became apparent when Wake Forest University announced relocation from actual Wake Forest to the city of Winston-Salem. Alumni Groves brothers contributed to the stadium’s funding in 1966, earning themselves naming until 2007. Groundbreaking took place in spring of 1967 after some issues with fundraising the stadium was ready by September 1968.
Since opening it’s been home to Demon Deacons of the NCAA and has had similar capacity as today. This makes it the smallest venue in its conference.
During games the most charming feature of the stadium is the Deacon Hill, grassy embankment behind the south goal commonly occupied by fans with blankets. The opposite end of the stadium has a multi-use Bridger Field House facility. Current one was built in 1997, but its predecessor was here long before.
Greatest redevelopment to date, worth 12 times the original price of the stadium, took place in 2007. This is when Deacon Tower was built beside the western grandstand. 7 floors comprise new player, press and corporate facilities, all enabled by funding from 10-year naming rights deal with BB&T.