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BB&T Field, Winston Salem

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BB&T Field is a football field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The stadium is just west of Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, home of the Wake Forest baseball team. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons. The stadium opened in 1968 and holds 31,500 people. It is the smallest football stadium, by capacity, in both the ACC and in all Power 5 conferences. In September 2007, Wake Forest University and BB&T, which is headquartered in Winston-Salem, announced a 10-year deal to officially rename the stadium "BB&T Field" starting with the first 2007 home game against Nebraska. The deal is part of a larger development process to secure funds for stadium renovations and upgrades.
The former stadium name of Groves Field goes back to the original stadium at the original location of Wake Forest (Wake Forest, North Carolina). The old stadium was financed by Henry Groves, and when the school announced the move to Winston-Salem, he and his brother, Earl, decided to make a further contribution to the school to keep their name on any new stadium. After moving to Winston-Salem, many games were played in Bowman Gray Stadium while the project to build a new stadium met with many setbacks. It was not until 1966 that the final fundraising was done, and the stadium opened in September 1968, with the Deacons losing to old rival NC State. The former Groves Stadium became the home football field for Wake Forest High School and is today known as Trentini Stadium. The stadium is part of a larger complex east of the main campus at the corner of Deacon Boulevard and University Parkway, which includes Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park and Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The current stadium consists of two bowed grandstands on either side of the field. The southeast endzone is known as "Deacon Hill," and is used for berm seating during games. The Bridger Field House, originally built in 1968 with the stadium, was demolished in early 1996 and rebuilt during the 1996 football season. It opened midway through the 1997 football season. The structure is located behind the northwest endzone.
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  • Because of the rather small number of seats-31,500- there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Parking is fairly accessible. The bathrooms are clean and the concessions good. They do have a clear bag...  more »
  • We went to see the Billy Joel concert this past October, and getting into BB&T Field by car was an absolute nightmare. Whoever was in charge of traffic control was completely in over his/her head...  more »
  • Very nice stadium. We were in the Touchdown Club so there was a ton of free food and drinks (including alcohol). Only issue we had was they only allow clear bags in so my wife and I had to go all the way back to the car to put her purse away. Great game. Wake beat UNC Chapel Hill so it doesn't get much better than that!
  • Beautiful field. Love the GA on the hill. It's nice to have a relaxing spot with personal space to enjoy the game & cheer your team on without worry about stepping on your neighbors foot.
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