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Shaw Football Moves to Durham

Posted August 16, 2007

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— The public got its first look Thursday at the newly renovated Durham County Stadium.

Shaw University of Raleigh will use the 50-year-old facility for its football games. With no stadium of its own, the Bears will play for one year in Durham.

“Shaw is just now beginning to move. Watch out, because we’re coming on,” said Shaw President Clarence Newsome.

So far, Shaw University spent $90,000 cleaning up and painting the stadium. Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin said the university and the county are working on a 10-year deal that would bring nearly $5 million worth of upgrades such as new field turf and an eight-lane track to the stadium.

“Y’all mark it on your calendars. This is history in the making,” said Willie Gary, who is on the school’s board of trustees. “There’s a new wind blowing. It’s blowing for both Raleigh and Durham.”

CIAA Commissioner Leon Kerry said it was important for everyone involved to think outside of the box because had they not done that, the school might not have gotten the stadium.

Efforts to arrange a plan for a stadium that Shaw, St. Augustine’s College and the city of Raleigh could use did not succeed. However, County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow said she does not see this as Raleigh's loss. She sees it as more of a winning situation for the region.

“It really shows we can move freely from one community to another for events,” Reckhow said.

The school's first home game will be Sept. 15 against Morehouse College, starting at 4 p.m.

“It almost wants to bring tears to my eyes, because I’ve dreamed of a day like this,” said Shaw Coach Darrell Asbury.

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  • SteamTrain Aug 16, 2007

    It shouldn't affect alumni attendance too much, but going so far might destroy student attendance. Too bad they couldn't find something closer, but the Durham stadium has lots of room for a small college.

  • Tackman792000 Aug 16, 2007

    They've got to play somewhere! No place to play in Raleigh that may not be used Friday night before Saturday games. Their options were slim.

  • Lexus-1 Aug 16, 2007

    Shaw could have done better. Atty Willie Gary better start looking at the money he's giving to his Old School. Why would Shaw go to Durham when so many schools are in Raleigh. Dumb move for Shaw and Savy Durham getting the rewards.

  • JMcLean Aug 16, 2007

    Uh, yeah. The stadium was already there. Shaw cleaned it up, not Durham.

  • Gafan001 Aug 16, 2007

    Oh Boy! Can't wait.

  • Stephen Aug 16, 2007

    hp277, are we reading the same article? The one I read said that Shaw University paid $90,000 in maintenance on Durham County Stadium which has been in place for 50 years. Sounds to me like Durham is getting the good end of the bargain to me...

  • hp277 Aug 16, 2007

    Durham County should not be wasting it's money on a stadium when it needs $550 million for the school system, $100 million for a new courthouse, and $100 million for a new social services complex. That's $750 million worth of borrowing, but the county has money for a football statium. DUMB idea!

  • Hevans1012 Aug 16, 2007

    No pics =( I remember our Pop Warner kids playing there. The place had potential! Glad Shaw is putting it to use =)