When Lori Jee’s oldest son Colin was still an infant, she took him along to a preseason meet-and-greet with the Duke football team. At the event, Duke football coach David Cutcliffe was signing posters for fans when he spotted Lori holding Colin.
“Coach Cutcliffe said, ‘Oh, could I hold that baby? I love kids,’” said Lori, a nurse practitioner with Duke Health System’s Diabetes and Endocrinology division and a graduate of Duke’s School of Nursing. “I was like ‘Sure!’”
For a few minutes, as Cutcliffe held four-month old Colin Jee, a few photos were snapped and a young family’s devotion to Duke football was cemented.
Fast forward 11 years and the Jee family – Lori, her husband Stuart and their children 11-year old Colin and 8-year old Kevin – are now longtime season ticket holders for Duke football and build their fall schedules around the Blue Devils slate of home games.
“We think it’s fun … to see the boys cheer the team on, the excitement they get from it, it’s just great,” Lori said. “It’s a whole family event.”
Duke employees wishing to create similar memories this fall can buy season tickets at a discount in any one of eight seating areas at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Prices for season tickets start at $79 for Duke staff and faculty. Duke Football is also offering other promotions, including the popular 277 Club for Durham residents.
If you’re thinking of buying season tickets or single-game tickets, don’t wait. Prices inch up after August 23.
Duke’s 2019 schedule features six home games, including dates with traditional powers Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Miami. The home slate begins with a showdown with in-state foe North Carolina A&T at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7.
The contest against the Aggies will also be the 2019 Duke Employee Kickoff Celebration, which will feature plenty of family-friendly pre-game fun.
The Jee family, who used the Duke employee discount, will cheer on the Blue Devils again this fall. And they’ll also likely pop into another meet-and-greet to keep alive a tradition that’s now more than a decade old.
“Now, every year we get pictures of our kids with Coach Cutcliffe,” Lori said. “He’s just created this atmosphere with the team where it’s like a family. He loves the fans. And we just love the environment.”
Call the Duke Athletics ticket office at (919) 681-2583 to get the best deal for you.
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