Card Gymnasium

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Card Gymnasium
Card Gym
Full name Card Gymnasium
Location Durham, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°59′51″N 78°56′29″W / 35.997374°N 78.941392°W / 35.997374; -78.941392Coordinates: 35°59′51″N 78°56′29″W / 35.997374°N 78.941392°W / 35.997374; -78.941392
Owner Duke University
Operator Duke University
Capacity 4,000
Opened 1930
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball (1930-1939)

Card Gymnasium is a 4,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Durham, North Carolina. It was home to the Duke University Blue Devils basketball team until the Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940.[1] It is named after former Blue Devils head basketball coach, Wilbur Wade Card.


The two previous venues used by the basketball team still stand, a short walk from each other on the East Campus.

Immediately prior to the opening of Card Gymnasium, the games were held in Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, which had opened in 1924. That building stands west of the traffic circle, the Lilly Library and the tennis courts. It is now called Brodie Recreation Center.

The earliest games were played at a building called Angier B. Duke Gymnasium, otherwise known as "The Ark". It contained a smaller court than what is now standard. The building dates to 1898, and intercollegiate basketball was first played there in about 1906. After the team left at the end of 1923, the building was remodeled for various purposes through the years, eventually becoming a dance studio. It stands just east of the traffic circle and the East Campus Wellness Center.

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On May 7, 2013 it was honored to host the second round of the epic battle of the fierce basketball rivalry between Duke's and UNC's Economics departments. The first round was at UNC's Woollen Gymnasium where UNC scraped out a victory.[2] However, the second round was all Duke, where after losing the first game, the Blue Devils pulled away and won the championship, 3 games to 1.


  1. ^ ESPN, Editors (2009), ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, Bristol, Connecticut: ESPN, ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2 
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