Riddick Stadium

Riddick Stadium

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Location: North Campus

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Fire Prevention,
Facilities Planning & Design, Facilities Operations Customer Service Center and Materials Management unit

Built 1907;
West Stands, 1916;
East Stands 1935;
Field House, 1936

Sq. Footage 35,223

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The first football game in Riddick Stadium was played in 1907, when NC State defeated Randolph-Macon by a score of 20-0. Before that time, games were held in Pullen Park in a clearing known as Red Diamond, or at the State Fairgrounds, beginning with the first NC State football game on March 12, 1892. Alumni and faculty members eventually raised money to build a stadium with wooden bleachers and a grandstand behind the first four dorms. Students of 1912 voted to name the stadium for Wallace Carl Riddick (see Riddick Laboratories) who coached the 1898 and 1899 football games.

After a decade in which the University could afford no new buildings due to the depression, the first major construction on campus was the enlargement of the concrete west bleachers with a loan from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The West Stands, East Stands and Field House were added over the next 20 years, and football and baseball games continued to be held in the stadium until Carter-Finley Stadium was built in 1966. Games continued even when, in the 40's, the West Stands were used as dorms and the Field House was used for Industrial and Rural Recreation offices. However, by 1968, Carter-Finley Stadium had completely taken over the tradition of NC State football and baseball. The stands were torn down and a parking lot was paved. Facilities Planning & Design, Facilities Operations Customer Service Center, Materials Management and Fire Protection units are currently housed in the stadium and Public Safety is located in the Field House.

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