Today in NC State History: Last game played at Riddick

November 13, 2012
By Chris Saunders

PrintNC State head football coach Earle Edwards didn’t know what his young team might give him in 1965. “We must hold our mistakes to a minimum and learn our lessons well and fast if we are to be at all successful,” Edwards said early on in the 1965 season, “and we will have to rely heavily on the newer boys, looking for them to mature quickly.”

That newness extended to the Wolfpack’s home, as well. A new Carter Stadium was set to open up the next season in 1966.

Riddick Stadium served as home to Wolfpack football from 1907 until 1965.

Riddick Stadium served as home to Wolfpack football from 1907 until 1965.

But it was on this day in 1965 that defensive leaders like Pete Sokalsky, Dennis Byrd and Chuck Amato decided that the least they could do was to close Riddick Stadium down with a win — a 3-0 shutout over Florida State.

That was the Wolfpack’s final game in what had been its home for almost 60 years.

Edwards would eventually be happy that year with his players, who ended up winning its last five games to finish the season 6-4. One writer in the Agromeck saw it as a symbolic way to finish out the last season played in Riddick Stadium.

“The weakest club in the ACC had put [opponents] to shame and shown its readiness to enter a new era of football in its new home in Carter Stadium,” read the account in the yearbook.


2 Responses to “Today in NC State History: Last game played at Riddick”

  1. Tom Outlaw says:

    I can faintly remember going to a game at Riddick Stadium in 1965. I was six years old and I was there to see our neighbor, Norman “Chip” Cates, play. I believe he played on the offensive line, but I do remember going down to the short chain link fence after the game and he gave me his helmet chinstrap. Ironically, my freshmen year at State in 1977, I lived in Syme Dorm and used Riddick “field” to park my car. Half of the stadium seats were still there along with the field house which was used for the office of Public Safety, I think. Now, it’s all gone…just history.

  2. Tim Nolen says:

    This is great, as I always wondered about Riddick Stadium. I was a graduate student in chemical engineering from 1984 to 1989 and was always imagining the old days of football in the vestiges of the stadium as I walked through it those days. My office was in the nearby Riddick Hall. The field house was still there as was the west stands, but, of course, the field was a parking lot. Since graduating, I have worked for Eastman Chemical Company. One of our former vice presidents was Bill Garwood, who was a quaterback for N.C. State who played in Riddick Stadium. We should never forget the formative days of the great university that N.C. State is today!

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