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Twilight in the End Zone: NC State to Demolish Its Historic Riddick Stadium Field House

Photo credit: Jesse Dotson

Photo credit: Jesse Dotson, GNR Special Correspondent

In an ironic reversal of its construction, NC State University’s old Riddick Stadium has disappeared bit by bit over the decades since Carter-Finley Stadium was erected as its replacement in 1966. First, the East Stands were demolished in 1968 and replaced by a campus parking lot. Then in 2005 the West Stands met the same fate, and were replaced by the new SAS Hall.

And now, barring the success of a last-ditch ‘Hail Mary pass,’ the venerable Riddick Field House itself will fall to the wrecker’s ball early in March over spring break.

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NC State in Downtown Raleigh

Photograph by Bryan Regan

In light of NC State’s Sweet 16 appearance tonight, Sir Walter Raleigh is showing his loyalty by wearing a jersey.

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Roy Gussow, designer of “The Egg” at the NCSU College of Design, dies at 92

1970 Sidewalk Art Show : From the North Carolina State University Library Archives

The College of Design at North Carolina State University is known for its venerable history. However, few relics are as significant and have played such a catalyzing social role as Roy Gussow’s ellipsoidal sculpture.

Designed in 1961 during Gussow’s stint as a professor at the college, the sculpture has affectionately been called “The Egg” by countless design students for half a century. Nested in the courtyard between Kamphoefner and Brooks Hall, its gleaming mirrored exterior and unique shape are impossible to miss.

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