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What You Need to Know About the 2023-2024 Wake Forest Football Season

It’s football season at Wake Forest University! Demon Deacon fans can look forward to exciting updates for an enhanced fan experience and a new lineup featuring upperclassman players who haven’t seen much time on the field prior to this year. Here is what you need to know about the 2023-2024 Wake Forest football season.

The Demon Deacons are coming off of a great 8-5 winning season from 2022 led by Coach Dave Clawson. Coach Clawson is starting his 10th season at Wake Forest and has secured the university five bowl victories since taking over. 

The season kicks off Thursday, August 31 against Elon.

Wake Forest 2023-2024 Football Season
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

What’s Changed About the Stadium?

In case you haven’t heard, Wake Forest University recently renamed the stadium to Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium. Wake Forest Athletics has also made improvements to enhance the fan experience for everyone.

  • New concessions: New concessions and catering partner, Proof of the Pudding, will offer a wider selection of food and drinks for fans to enjoy
  • New LED lighting: Brighter lights will improve visibility for fans and enable exciting multi-color light shows for big game moments
  • New turf: Top-of-the-line FieldTurf was placed in early spring this year
  • New handrails: Installed in stadium aisles to ensure safe access to seating
  • New stairways: Fans can now easily reach their seats on Deacon Hill

Wake Forest Allegacy Stadium

Wake Forest Football Allegacy Stadium
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

What’s Changed About Tickets and Parking?

Wake Forest Athletics has implemented new processes to create a hassle-free game day experience.

  • Resale app: Wake Forest Athletics now partners with SeatGeek for fans to manage and sell their tickets
  • Parking: Attendees will now have their parking passes scanned upon entering the parking lot

 

What’s Changed About the Team?

The Wake Forest Football team lost some key players from previous seasons, including:

  • Quarterback Sam Hartman, who transferred to Notre Dame University
  • Wide receiver A.T. Perry, who was selected for the 2023 NFL Draft
  • Tight end Blake Whiteheart, who was also selected for the 2023 NFL Draft

 

Keep an eye out for Mitch Griffis, Wake Forest’s new quarterback, and Jasheen Davis, a fourth-year defensive lineman who may be the key to the Deacon’s defense this year according to Athlon Sports.

“It’ll be interesting to see if this version of Demon Deacon football can keep its school-record bowl streak going,” says “Voice of the Deacs,” Stan Cotten.

“Wake Forest has a new quarterback, and there’s always a bit of a learning curve when control of the offense is handed over to a different leader. But I think Mitch Griffis will surprise a lot of fans and do very well” Cotten says.

“The key could very well be how effectively the run game comes around. Defensively the Deacs are thin up front but have a lot of players at safety and linebacker. If they can help cut down on surrendering big plays I think the defense will be improved.”

 

Mitch Griffis
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

What to Expect?

Cotten believes Wake Forest will play in another bowl game this year. “That would get the streak to eight consecutive years in a postseason game, second best in the ACC.” 

Last season saw three sellout games and record student attendance. According to Wake Forest Athletics, the 2023 season will feature more of the same with the six home football games predicted to sell out. Secure your tickets!

 

Check out the 2023-2024 schedule below:

Week 1: vs Elon, Thursday, Aug. 31

Week 2: vs Vanderbilt, Saturday, Sept. 9

Week 3: at Old Dominion, Saturday, Sept. 16

Week 4: vs Georgia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 23

Week 5: Bye

Week 6: at Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 7

Week 7: at Virginia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 14

Week 8: vs Pitt, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Homecoming)

Week 9: vs Florida State, Saturday, Oct. 28

Week 10: at Duke, Thursday, Nov. 2

Week 11: vs NC State, Saturday, Nov. 11 (Senior Day)

Week 12: at Notre Dame, Saturday, Nov. 18

Week 13: at Syracuse, Saturday, Nov. 25

 

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