240 The History of Wake Forest
early, when the Deacons started out 2–0, beat Northwestern University, and were
described by Sports Illustrated the week afterward as an up-and-coming team.
In the summer of 1996, the Italian Olympic teams trained at Wake Forest prior
to the competitions in Atlanta. The campus was chosen for its excellent athletic ven-
ues and because the heat and humidity in Winston-Salem were similar to Atlanta’s.
Volleyball became Wake Forest’s eighteenth varsity sport. The University now
had nine men’s and nine women’s athletic teams competing in the ACC.
More than 900 students packed Brendle Recital Hall in early October to sign up
for one of the 700 spots available to Screamin’ Demons at basketball games. The turn-
out surprised everyone but pleased Head Basketball Coach Dave Odom. In response,
the Athletics Department increased the seating to 750 but stringently enforced the
rules: Screamin’ Demons could not miss more than one game in the fall semester or
two games in the spring semester.
The men’s basketball team had a 24–7 record, 11–5 in the ACC. Duke defeated
Wake Forest 73–68 on February 5 for the first time since 1993. The team was again
invited to the NCAA Tournament but lost in the second round. Center Tim Duncan,
forward and three-year starter Ricky Peral, and forward and two-year starter Sean
Allen all graduated. Duncan’s jersey was retired at the last regular game of the season
in Joel Coliseum, where the first and second rounds of the NCAA 1997 Division I
Men’s Basketball Championship were played on March 13 and 15.
Campus Stadium, home of the field hockey and track and field teams, was
named for Touchdown 2000 donor Jeffrey W. Kentner (’78), a real estate developer
in Greensboro. The stadium was completed in 1990 at a cost of $3.5 million and had
seating for nearly 4,000 spectators. W. Dennie Spry Soccer Stadium, on the edge of
campus near Polo Road, opened on September 22. It had seating for 3,000 and fea-
tured a fully lit playing field and two practice fields. The University began charging
for soccer and volleyball matches, $4 for adults and $2 for students, except for Wake
Screamin’ Demons
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