For Joe Greco, Duke football season tickets have been a good investment. They gave him three seasons of fun family memories.
And they gave his son, Luke, a treasured pair of 3XL blue and white gloves. With grass stains.
Greco, a maintenance planner and scheduler for Duke Utilities and Engineering Service, started going to Blue Devils football games four years ago, taking advantage of free employee tickets at the season opener and tagging along when co-workers had extras.
While Greco had a good time, Luke, then five, had a blast.
“He got really involved and cheering,” Greco said. “My wife and I decided that this would be a good family thing for us to do.”
Ever since, the Greco family has made Saturdays at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium a tradition.
Duke faculty and staff interested in doing something similar for the 2017 season have a pair of interesting season ticket deals to take advantage of.
The Duke Employee Season Ticket presented by Duke Credit Union returns with a helpful new addition. For $130 per season ticket, employees get reserved seats – with chairbacks and armrests - in one of the best sections in Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Each season-ticket holder will also get a chance to win a pre-game sideline experience. For the first time, season tickets include parking privileges in all general public lots.
Also new this season is the “277 Club,” open to any Durham resident. For $277, Durham residents – who have a ZIP code that begins with 277 – get four season tickets in general admission and four exclusive “277 Club” T-shirts. This offer is only open to first-time season ticket holders.
“We absolutely love the support we get from Duke employees and the entire Duke community – it provides a special energy to our team,” said Duke football coach David Cutcliffe. “Our players and coaches thrive on competing each week for each other, their families and everyone associated with Duke and Durham. We are extremely proud of both our school and city, and representing our fans is very important to everyone in our program.”
Duke’s 2017 schedule features seven home games, all against teams that reached bowl games last season. The season kicks off with a home game against North Carolina Central University on Duke Employee Appreciation Day, Sept. 2.
Greco and his family are already on board.
Now nine-years old, Luke wouldn’t have it any other way. As if he wasn’t already a Duke fan, former Blue Devils offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson cemented Luke’s allegiance when he gave him his 3XL blue and white gloves during a round of post-game high-fives.
“Needless to say, he was very happy about that,” Greco said.
Luke keeps the gloves in his room. And like the rest of his family, he’s looking forward to making some new Duke football memories this fall.
To buy tickets, call 919-681-2583.