Cameron Indoor Stadium

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Cameron Indoor Stadium
Coach K Court
Cameron indoor.jpg
Former names Duke Indoor Stadium (1940–1972)
Location 301 Whitford Drive
Durham, NC 27706
Owner Duke University
Operator Duke University
Capacity 9,314
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Opened January 6, 1940
Construction cost $400,000
($6.73 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Horace Trumbauer
Julian Abele
Tenants
Duke Blue Devils
(Men's and Women's basketball, Women's Volleyball, Men's Wrestling)

Cameron Indoor Stadium is an indoor arena located on the West Campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It is home to the Duke Blue Devils men's and women's basketball teams, the women's volleyball team, and the men's wrestling team.

It is one of the few indoor arenas with a "Stadium" name (the old Chicago Stadium was another).

History[edit]

Summer of 2006

The plans for the stadium were drawn up in 1935 by basketball coach Eddie Cameron. The stadium was designed by Julian Abele, who had studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. The same architectural firm that built the Palestra was brought in to build the new stadium. The arena was dedicated on January 6, 1940, having cost $400,000. At the time, it was the largest gymnasium in the country south of the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally called "Duke Indoor Stadium", it was renamed for Cameron on January 22, 1972.[2]

The building originally included seating for 8,800, though standing room was sufficient to ensure that 9,500 could fit in on a particularly busy day. Then, as now, Duke students were allocated a large number of the seats, including those in the lower sections directly alongside the court. Renovations in 1987–1988 removed the standing room areas, added an electronic scoreboard and display over center court, wood paneling, brass railings and student seats, bringing capacity to 9,314, though now there is sufficient standing to ensure a total of 10,000 could fit into Cameroon Indoor on a very busy day. For high profile games, students are known to pack in as many as 1,600 into the student sections, designed for a maximum of 1,100. Prior to the 2002–2003 basketball season, air conditioning units were installed in Cameron for the first time as a response to health and odor concerns for players and fans alike.[3] Prior to the 2008–09 season, a new video scoreboard replaced the electronic board over center court.[4] Before the 2009–10 season, additional changes were made, including installing LED ribbon boards to the front of the press table and painting the upper seats Duke blue.[5]

Atmosphere[edit]

The students and fans are known as "Cameron Crazies" for their support of the team and loud cheering that has been recorded as high as 121.3 dB, which is louder than a power saw at 3 feet or a jackhammer.[6]

For access to major games, including those against the University of North Carolina, students reside in tents for months in an area outside of Cameron known as "Krzyzewskiville". The hardwood floor was dedicated and renamed Coach K Court in November 2000.[7]

Media coverage[edit]

Sports Illustrated ranked it fourth on its list of the top 20 sporting venues of the 20th century, and USA Today referred to it as "the toughest road game in the ACC".[8]

Milestone games[edit]

Exterior of Cameron Indoor Stadium as seen from Krzyzewskiville

 Sources: Statistics published by Duke University as of the end of the 2011 season 2011–2012 Duke Men's Basketball Media Guide;

Game no. Date Result
Game 1 January 6, 1940 Duke 36, Princeton 27
Game 100 January 24, 1948 Duke 52, Virginia Tech 45
Game 200 February 5, 1957 Duke 90, Pittsburgh 72
Game 300 January 28, 1967 Duke 99, North Carolina State 60
Game 400 February 25, 1976 Clemson 90, Duke 89
Game 500 January 11, 1984 Duke 73, Appalachian State 60
Game 600 December 1, 1990 Duke 111, Charlotte 94
Game 700 February 2, 1997 Duke 70, Georgia Tech 61
Game 800 February 8, 2004 Duke 81, Clemson 55
Game 900 February 4, 2010 Duke 86, Georgia Tech 67

Additionally, the facility hosted the Southern Conference men's basketball tournament from 1947 to 1950 and the MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament in 1972 and 1973.

Home court advantage[edit]

Records at Cameron Indoor Stadium
All-Time: 800–153 (.839)[9]
Coach K: 442–58 (.884)
Last 200[when?] games: 186–14 (.930)

Non-conference win streaks[edit]

On December 28, 2013, the Duke men's team extended their non-conference home winning streak to 109 games with an 82–59 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles. As of February 2014, it is the longest active non-conference home winning streak in college basketball, with Duke's last non-conference home loss coming against St. John’s on February 26, 2000, when the then #2 Blue Devils lost 83–82.

The streak is the longest non-conference home win streak in Duke men's basketball history, breaking the previous record, which lasted 95 games, from February 2, 1983–December 2, 1995, beginning with a 73–71 win over William & Mary and ending with a 65–75 loss to Illinois.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ King, William E. (March 1, 1996). "Edmund M. Cameron 1902-1988". The Duke Dialogue. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Julia (July 29, 2002). "'Cool' To Be A Duke Fan? Cameron Indoor Stadium To Get AC". WRAL (Raleigh). Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "'Duke University to Upgrade Cameron Indoor Stadium with Daktronics Integrated System'". Daktronics. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cameron Indoor Stadium Receives Enhancements". Duke Sports Information. September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ Decibel meter photo
  7. ^ Keohane, Nannerl O. (November 20, 2000). "MEMORANDUM: Summary of Activities" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  8. ^ "SI's Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century". Sports Illustrated. June 2, 1999. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Duke Blue Devils Basketball Statistical Database—Season by Season". StatsGeek.com. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Cameron Indoor Records" (PDF). Duke Sports Information. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  11. ^ "1982-83 Season and Results". StatsGeek.com. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 

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Coordinates: 35°59′51.1″N 78°56′32.3″W / 35.997528°N 78.942306°W / 35.997528; -78.942306