Duke Football Notebook: Season Opener Looms – Duke University Blue Devils | On Friday, August 31st, Duke will open the 2018 Football season hosting Army West Point on Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium at 7:00 PM. To help all guests prepare for this ESPNU nationally televised, weeknight game, we want to highlight the following operational information:

Friday will be a celebration of Durham Night inside Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Throughout the evening, accomplishments of many Durham workers and the partnership between Duke University and the Durham community will be celebrated.

“What a great opportunity to start a holiday weekend,” Cutcliffe said. “It will be Durham Night. We’ve been very appreciative with how Durham has embraced us. We have a lot of friends in this community. I’m counting on a home-field advantage.”

Until 5 p.m. Thursday, Durham residents can take advantage of two ticket package options, both of which also include FREE parking in our general public lots.

Option 1 (1-3 Tickets)
Tickets for only $8 each
FREE food and drink combo voucher with each ticket (Hot Dog or Veggie Burrito, Chips and a Drink)
Option 2 (4+ Tickets)
4 tickets for only $27 (Only $6.75 each)
Additional tickets only $6.75 each
FREE food and drink combo voucher with each ticket (Hot Dog or Veggie Burrito, Chips and a Drink)

Fans for the 7 p.m. kickoff are encouraged to be in their seats early to enjoy the ceremonial multi-aircraft flyover, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. A Bandit Flight Team of CJ-6 and Yak-52 Aircrafts will fly in formation.

At halftime, following a performance by the Duke University Marching Band, national recording country artist Ryan Weaver will take the stage.

New for the 2018 season, complimentary wifi will be available for fans at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium on the “GoDuke” network.

Last week, Duke announced the selections of redshirt junior linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, senior linebacker Ben Humphreys, redshirt junior quarterback Daniel Jones and redshirt senior wide receiver Johnathan Lloyd as team captains for the 2018 season. The four returning lettermen were elected by their teammates.

“It was an honor to be selected by my teammates and peers,” Lloyd said of the accolade. “I appreciate the honor and I respect it to the utmost.”

Giles-Harris, a preseason All-America pick, also will be a first-time team captain.

“It’s very special,” he said. “It’s an honor that my teammates vote on it and felt I was a guy they can look to and depend on. I’m joined by three other guys who I look up to, so I’m very happy for the opportunity.”

Duke returns nearly every pass catcher from a year ago, bringing back 83.08 percent of its receptions. Of the 14 Blue Devils who caught a pass last fall, only Shaun Wilson (36 receptions) and Quay Chambers (nine) do not return to the squad.

The experience has brought a healthy level of competition to the position room this fall.

“There is a lot of competition and a lot of talented guys in one room,” Lloyd said. “It makes the group elevate as a whole. Guys are making plays. So when you see that, you want to go make a play. You know who is behind you and who is ahead of you. It brings out that competitive edge in each person and it makes the room better as a group.”

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