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NCSU students rally against demolition of campus landmark

Posted February 23, 2013

— Some North Carolina State University students hope to stop the demolition of a landmark on campus.

Riddick Field House, which was built in 1936, was once the focal point of N.C. State football, along with adjacent Riddick Field. That ended when Carter-Finley Stadium opened in the 1960s.

Riddick Field was paved over years ago, and the bleachers where football fans once sat were later dismantled. Now, university officials say the two-story field house stands in the way of future development of the eastern end of the campus.

The campus master plan calls for a two level parking deck covered by a plaza and academic buildings where the field once existed, Associate Vice Chancellor Kevin McNaughton said.

MacNaughton said the building obscures sight lines at the end of a pedestrian tunnel under the railroad tracks that split the campus and presents an unsafe condition. It also stands in the path of the railroad right-of-way and a new thoroughfare being studied to reduce traffic on Stinson Drive and Yarborough Drive, he said.

Crews will begin razing the field house on March 2.

Students opposed to the demolition have started a petition on Facebook in an effort to save the field house.

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  • carrboroyouth Feb 25, 6:01 p.m.

    "School officials agreed to post a photo they could all "like" before knocking it down. Students were satisfied and went back to their smartphones and ignoring reality." beaupeep

    Gee, thanks...

  • carrboroyouth Feb 25, 6:00 p.m.

    I wouldn't consider this a landmark... now the bookstore (at the least its awning) I was sad to see go.

  • beaupeep Feb 25, 4:14 p.m.

    "Students opposed to the demolition have started a petition on Facebook in an effort to save the field house."

    School officials agreed to post a photo they could all "like" before knocking it down. Students were satisfied and went back to their smartphones and ignoring reality.

  • COLT45 Feb 25, 3:49 p.m.

    To bad.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Feb 25, 3:25 p.m.

    "Students opposed to the demolition have started a petition on Facebook in an effort to save the field house."

    Well, that beats having to do something real about it…

  • jackleg Feb 25, 11:00 a.m.

    Blast it. It was the police station when I went to school there... and anyone who knows me knows how I feel about NCSU and their police :)

  • InTheNo Feb 25, 9:28 a.m.

    Okay, they moved the Football Stadium off campus and then basketball. The least they can do is save the field house.