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Athletics

Don’t mistake his old age for weakness. The Deacon has been dominating opponents in one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences for years.

As the smallest school in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Wake Forest continually proves that it’s not the size of the school in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the school. With national championships, ACC regular-season titles and tournament championships, NCAA basketball tournament appearances, bowl games and a signature ACC football championship in 2006, Wake Forest University competes, and wins, at the highest level of collegiate athletics.

With the full support of the legendary Screamin’ Demons and the entire Wake Forest community wearing their black and gold, Demon Deacon athletic events are something you don’t want to miss. And much like our loyal fans, your voice will also return.

1. Where are the athletic facilities?

Wake Forest’s facilities are located both on and off the Reynolda campus. Field hockey and track and field utilize Kentner Stadium, which is located next to Reynolds Gym. The men’s and women’s soccer teams practice and play at Spry Stadium, adjacent to Polo Residence Hall. The volleyball team uses Reynolds Gym as its home facility. The baseball, football and basketball facilities are adjacent to each other off-campus on Deacon Boulevard. The football team plays at BB&T Field, while the basketball teams play their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Also on Deacon Boulevard is Gene Hooks Field at the Wake Forest Baseball Park. The men’s and women’s tennis teams practice and play at both the Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center and the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

2. How do I get to the football stadium?

Prior to football games, the Athletics Department runs shuttle buses between the Reynolda Campus and BB&T Field. The buses typically start picking up students at Wait Chapel four hours before game time. As kickoff approaches, additional shuttle buses will also make pickups at Benson University Center.

3. How do I get tickets to athletic events?

All undergraduate students receive free admission to all Wake Forest athletic events by showing their Deacon OneCard. However, the number of seats at these games is limited, and spots are first come, first serve.

4. How much does it cost?

There is no cost for students to attend athletic events. There is a minimal cost for students to join the Screamin’ Demons.

5. What is a Screamin’ Demon?

The Screamin’ Demons are a student group that supports all Wake Forest athletics teams. They are considered the loudest and proudest Wake Forest fans and their presence helps to create the energy and atmosphere that make Wake Forest sporting events such a great tradition. Membership in the Screamin’ Demons includes T-shirts for football and basketball games. Screamin’ Demons also receive priority for the best seats at sporting events.

6. Can students tailgate at football games?

There is a designated student tailgate area within the University Tennis Center, which is behind the East Stands at BB&T Field. Any recognized student organization can reserve space at the student tailgate by contacting WFU Sports Marketing.

7. What does it mean to “Roll the Quad?”

After big athletic wins, Wake Forest students gather on the Quad (Hearn Plaza) to throw rolls of toilet paper over the trees. For Demon Deacons, there is not a more beautiful sight!

8. Where can I get apparel?

Wake Forest apparel items are sold at Deacon Shops in Kitchin Hall and in Hanes Mall. Be proud and wear your Black and Gold!

9. How do I try out for a team?

The walk-on tryout process varies from team to team. The best thing to do is to contact the specific athletic team on which you would like to participate.

History of the Demon Deacon

For many years, Wake Forest University was affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and its athletic teams were referred to as the “Baptists” or “The Old Gold & Black.” There was even some use of the “Tigers” early on. But after Wake Forest defeated rival Trinity (now Duke) in the 1923 football season, school newspaper editor Mayon Parker (’24) first referred to the team as the “Demon Deacons,” in recognition of what he termed our “devilish” play and fighting spirit. The Demon Deacon mascot first appeared in 1941. Jack R. Baldwin (’43), on a dare, dressed up as he thought an old-time Baptist deacon would: top hat, tuxedo and carrying a black umbrella. The crowd loved it, and a tradition was born.