WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The first date circled by Deacon Nation and all college football fans in the Triad Community is Thursday, Aug. 29, which will be Opening Night at Allegacy Stadium presented by the Winston-Salem Police Department and Winston-Salem Police Foundation. Additionally, it was recently announced that kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and this contest will be streamed nationally on ACC Network Extra.
 
With season tickets selling quickly, multiple sellouts are expected this fall and fans are encouraged to take advantage of Wake Forest Athletics’ 4-for-$49 Opening Night ticket package, while supplies last. This limited availability Bojangles four-pack is a great way for families and friends to enjoy all the festivities of the Deacon Deacons’ Opening Night contest against North Carolina A&T with four east side tickets and a LJVM Coliseum lot parking pass. 
 
The purchase of any four-pack ticket offering comes with a $20 Bojangles gift card for purchasers with a limit of one per ticket account. Additionally, there are only a limited number of Opening Night four-packs and prices will increase on July 1. 
 
Meanwhile, single game tickets for Opening Night are on sale beginning at just $15 and season tickets for the 2024 season remain available while supplies last.
 
The quickest and most efficient way to order tickets is to visit GoDeacs.com/Tickets and purchase online or call the Wake Forest Ticket Office at 336-758-3322 ext. 1. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Here are all the other unique and innovative ways Wake Forest Athletics is bringing together the entire community and college football fans from across the state of North Carolina for this event:
 
Triad Community Comes Together 

 
Wake The Demons

  • Opening Night festivities actually begin 22 hours before kickoff on Wednesday, August. 28 at 9 p.m. on campus with Wake the Demons on Hearn Plaza. This unique pep rally is open to all students and includes free t-shirts, fireworks, free food as well as members of the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem community and will feature the opportunity to hear from President Susan R. Wente, Ph.D., director of athletics John Currie, head football coach Dave Clawson and others as we kick off the 2024 season with the entire University community.
  • Following this event, Wake Forest Athletics conclude the evening with its traditional firework show that takes place the evening prior to every Demon Deacon home football game. The five-minute show will light up the sky on Wake’s beautiful Reynolda Campus. 

 
Enhanced Opportunities Await Wake Forest Students on Football Gamedays

  • Gameday Shuttle Pick Up and Drop Off

    • Wake Forest Athletics is proud to provide complimentary transportation for every home game to ensure all students have a safe and easy option to get from campus to Allegacy Stadium. Student shuttles will start running three and a half hours prior to the game with pickup locations on campus in Lot P behind Wait Chapel and Poteat Residence Hall. The pickup and drop off location at Allegacy Stadium is located behind the Wake Forest indoor tennis center on Shorefair Drive.

  • Rideshare Program

    • Students electing to ride share with Uber or Lyft will need to instruct their drivers to the appropriate pick up and drop off locations. The appropriate rideshare location at Allegacy Stadium is the Green Lot outside of the Indoor Tennis Center (ITC). When using a rideshare service on gameday please enter the following address: 100 W 32nd St Winston-Salem, NC 27105. This is the address of the Indoor Tennis Center and will get you where you need to be faster.
    • Rideshare vehicles should enter the Green Lot from 32nd street, drop off in front of the indoor tennis facility and exit the Green Lot onto Shorefair Drive.

  • Screamin’ Demon Rewards

    • Screamin’ Demon Rewards is the FREE student program that rewards attendance at Wake Forest athletic and additional campus events. Download in the app store here.
    • To claim tickets for an event, simply click on the event you wish to attend from the “Events” tab, and select “Claim Ticket”. For Football, tickets will be available to claim at 12 pm, 5 days prior to kickoff. For all other sports, ticket claims will be available 48 hours before the event start time.

  • DEACTOWN Student Tailgate

    • The free DEACTOWN Student Tailgate is BACK. This revamped space behind the East stands of Allegacy Stadium was developed in partnership with student leaders, members of the Wake Forest faculty, the Wake Forest Office of Student Life, Wake Forest Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Advancement, and the Office of Alumni Engagement. The space will open for students three hours prior to kickoff, where they will enjoy an elevated tailgate experience featuring a stage with live music and a large video screen to watch games from around the country. Additionally, free food opportunities will be available from local food trucks for students while supplies last, while additional food will be available for purchase. 
    • The area provides a dynamic outdoor club atmosphere for Wake Forest students and their guests. A variety of new seating and eating areas, games surrounding the stage and video screen will provide opportunities for relaxation and engagement for all.

  • Freshman Tailgate & Deacon Dash to Open 2024 Season

    • Along with the unique DEACTOWN Student Tailgate previously mentioned, Wake Forest Athletics will be hosting a tailgate for the Class of 2028 prior to Opening Night at Allegacy Stadium. Freshmen are invited to enter via Gate Four at Allegacy Stadium and proceed to the East Concourse to enjoy free food, live music, and more. Free t-shirts will be available while supplies last. 
    • Additionally prior to the football team taking the field, members of the Class of 2028 will be invited onto Allegacy Stadium for the traditional “Deacon Dash.” This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows each member of the freshman class to sprint across the field at Allegacy Stadium prior to kickoff. Details about how to take advantage of this experience will be provided to each student during Wake the Demons on August 28, on Hearn Plaza.

 
Best Fan Experience in North Carolina for Opening Night at Allegacy Stadium

  • Presenting Sponsor – Winston-Salem Police Department

    • Wake Forest Athletics is proud to partner with the Winston-Salem Police Department and Winston-Salem Police Foundation to open the 2024 season. Fans should look for unique and fun on-site activations around the stadium including vehicle displays, giveaways in the DEACTOWN Fan Zone and recognitions throughout the game. 

  • DEACTOWN Fan Zone, presented by Lowes Foods

    • Opening Night festivities begin at the new and expanded DEACTOWN Fan Zone, presented by Lowes Foods on the lawn outside McCreary Tower. DEACTOWN Fan Zone is a great destination for all fans with premium tailgating options, live music, video screens, local drink options, fun and a variety of food trucks. 
    • The DEACTOWN Fan Zone will also feature giveaways children of all ages can be entertained with inflatable games, balloon artists and face painting. Additionally, officially licensed Wake Forest merchandise from a variety of best-in-class brands will be available for purchase.
    • The Deacon Walk will make its way through the heart of DEACTOWN as the team arrives at Allegacy Stadium, while the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black and the Wake Forest Spirit Squads will energize Deacon Nation with a thrilling pregame parade and pep rally prior to the game. 
    • The DEACTOWN Fan Zone will open three hours prior to the game and close 30 minutes before kickoff as fans make their way inside Allegacy Stadium to see the Deacons take on the Aggies! 

 
Fun Awaits Myriad of Groups for Opening Night at Allegacy Stadium  

  • Wake Forest Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night

    • The opening football game of the 2024 season will serve as the program’s annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game. All Wake Forest University faculty and staff and their families are being offered $10 tickets with free admission to a tailgate on Baity Street. For more information, click here.

  • Forsyth Tech Night

    • Students, faculty and staff from Forsyth Tech are invited to attend this exciting event in Winston-Salem on Aug. 29. Those individuals should check their school-affiliated email accounts for more information that will be shared soon.

  • Stars of Honor

    • Stars of Honor and its presenting partner, The Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn, through partnership with Wake Forest Athletics, have teamed up with elementary schools across the state to help establish goals inside the classroom in order for these children to receive the prize of Wake Forest football tickets for their hard work. Every school has different needs, whether that be good attendance, reading goals, or good behavior in the classroom. Schools are allowed to choose these needs that best fit their students while partnering with Stars of Honor and Wake Forest. This offer allows participants to purchase tickets for just $10 and the student will receive a program certificate at the game.

  • Coaches Kids

    • Many young boys and girls across the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will attend this game through the Coaches Kids Program. This outlet gives many local, underprivileged youth the opportunity to attend Wake Forest football, men’s and women’s basketball, and other Olympic sporting events.

 
Official 2024 Wake Forest Team Shirt
Purchase the official shirt of the 2024 Wake Forest football season! In collaboration with campus and our football program, Wake Forest Athletics has developed the third-ever season t-shirt for purchase.
 
The mantra of the 2024 football team is Earn It.
 
Wearing the Old Gold and Black means holding oneself to the highest of standards in all aspects of life and inspiring others to walk with us. Our actions do the talking, and our values are reflected in everything we do. To Walk The Walk is a universal language among all Deacs and a lifelong commitment to travel an uncommon path paved with hard work, character, loyalty and selflessness. It’s not only a choice, it’s an honor.
 
The 2024 season t-shirt can be purchased here, or by visiting any of our Deacon Shop locations on campus or on gamedays. Be sure to get your black season t-shirt in preparation for the wear black game on Saturday, Oct. 12 vs Clemson.
 
Wake Forest Football Overview
Under the leadership of head coach Dave Clawson, Wake Forest has had historic success as a program.
 
Since the start of the 2016 season, the Deacs have the third-most wins in the ACC not counting the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
 
The Demon Deacons are in the winningest stretch of football in their program’s history with the 35 wins from the 2019-23 season ranking fifth in a five-year span in program history.  
 
With record-setting crowds, multiple sellouts and the best student attendance in school history, playing at home over the past five seasons has given Wake Forest a huge edge. The Demon Deacons hold a 23-7 (.767) record in home contests since the start of the 2019 season which included a program-record 11-game winning streak spanning from the 2020 to 2022 seasons. The 76.7 percent win rate ranks second in the ACC during that time period.
 
The Demon Deacons recorded their ninth sellout since 2021 and fourth of the season when Florida State came to Winston-Salem on Oct. 28, 2023. 
 
Since 2016, the Demon Deacons have found a winning formula in one-score ball games, capturing three or more wins by one score in five of those seasons with a total of 21 wins in 38 such games. The Deacs hold the fourth-best winning percentage in those games since 2016 in the ACC.
 
All the aforementioned victories are due to having great players who perform well each week. The Deacs 54 All-ACC honors is the fifth most overall in the ACC since the 2019 season and Wake Forest is one of just six schools to have more than 50 honorees in that time span.
 
One player that garnered All-ACC honors last fall is junior defensive end Jasheen Davis as he has recorded at least 0.5 tackles-for-loss in the 20 of his last 21 games. Over the last two seasons, Davis has collected 30.0 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. With 7.5 sacks in 2023, Davis has now tallied 20.0 sacks in his career and that ranks fifth in program history.
 
Offensively since the start of the 2017 season, Wake Forest’s 198 touchdown passes are the most of any school in the ACC and that total is 13th nationally during that span. Additionally during that span, the Deacs 361 total touchdowns are the third-most in the ACC and 21st nationally. North Carolina (192) and Clemson (181) trail the Deacs in passing touchdowns during that span. The Tigers enter the final week of the regular season with 448 total touchdowns and the Tar Heels rank second with 366. Wake Forest’s 94 touchdown passes from 2021-23 ranks eighth nationally in that time period and is seven more than any other ACC team (North Carolina, 87).
 

During the Deacs run of bowl appearances from 2016-22, Wake Forest has defeated two SEC teams (Texas A&M, 2017; Missouri, 2022) and a Big Ten program (Rutgers, 2021). Head coach Dave Clawson‘s five bowl victories, which is the most in school history, ranks tied for fifth in ACC history for postseason wins. Clawson ranks behind Bobby Bowden (Florida State, 11), Dabo Swinney (Clemson, 11), Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech, 6) and Danny Ford (Clemson, 6). Meanwhile, he is now tied with Jimbo Fisher (Florida State, 5) and Ralph Friedgen (Maryland, 5).
 
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As fans have questions, feedback or ideas, Wake Forest Athletics encourages you to email wfsports@wfu.edu with those thoughts.



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