Cameron Indoor Stadium

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Cameron Indoor Stadium
Cameron indoor.jpg
North end in July 2002
Former namesDuke Indoor Stadium
(1940–72)
Location301 Whitford Drive
Durham, North Carolina
Coordinates35°59′51″N 78°56′32″W / 35.9976°N 78.9422°W / 35.9976; -78.9422Coordinates: 35°59′51″N 78°56′32″W / 35.9976°N 78.9422°W / 35.9976; -78.9422
OperatorDuke University
Capacity9,314 (1988–present)
8,800 (1940–88)
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
OpenedJanuary 6, 1940
78 years ago
Renovated1987–88, 2002, 2008, 2009
Construction cost$400,000
($7 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectHorace Trumbauer
Julian Abele
Tenants
Duke Blue Devils (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1940–present)
Women's basketball (1975–present)
Women's volleyball (1975–present)
Durham  is located in the US
Durham 
Durham 
Location in the United States

Cameron Indoor Stadium is an indoor arena located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The 9,314-seat facility is the primary indoor athletic venue for the Duke Blue Devils and serves as the home court for Duke men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball. It opened in January 1940 and was known as Duke Indoor Stadium until 1972, when it was named for Eddie Cameron, who served at Duke as men's basketball coach from 1928 to 1942, football coach from 1942 to 1945, and athletic director from 1951 to 1972. The arena is located adjacent to its predecessor, Card Gymnasium, which opened in 1930.

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 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 first televised game took place on January 28, 1979 against Marquette, it was broadcast by NBC and won by Duke 69–64.[3]

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 Cameron 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.[4] Prior to the 2008–09 season, a new video scoreboard replaced the electronic board over center court.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Duke players address the fans following a game against North Carolina in March 2018.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies, February 2018

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."[9]

Milestone games[edit]

Exterior of Cameron Indoor Stadium as seen from Krzyzewskiville
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
Game 1,000 February 8, 2016 Duke 72, Louisville 65
 Sources: Statistics published by Duke University as of the end of the 2014 season 2014–2015 Duke Men's Basketball Media Guide;

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: 832–154 (.844)[10]
Coach K: 474–59 (.889)[10]
Since 1997-98: 266–17 (.940)[10]

Duke is 179-12 (.937) at home since the 2004–05 season, second only to Allen Fieldhouse in winning percentage at home.

Non-conference win streaks[edit]

On December 20, 2017, the Duke men's team extended its non-conference home winning streak to 139 games with a 104–40 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces. This streak 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 139 number is 89 more than the program currently with the second-best home non-conference winning streak (Auburn), which [as of 02/08/18] sits at 46 in a row.[11]

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 to December 2, 1995, beginning with a 73–71 win over William & Mary and ending with a 65–75 loss to Illinois.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ King, William E. (March 1, 1996). "Edmund M. Cameron 1902-1988". The Duke Dialogue. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia of Duke Basketball. Roth, John. Duke University Press. 2006.
  4. ^ Lewis, Julia (July 29, 2002). "'Cool' To Be A Duke Fan? Cameron Indoor Stadium To Get AC". WRAL. Raleigh. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  5. ^ "'Duke University Video Display Photo'".
  6. ^ "Cameron Indoor Stadium Receives Enhancements". Duke Sports Information. September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ Wolf, Benjamin A. "Decible Meter Picture from February 9, 2011 Game Against the University of North Carolina". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Keohane, Nannerl O. (November 20, 2000). "MEMORANDUM: Summary of Activities" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  9. ^ "SI's Top 20 Venues of the 20th Century". Sports Illustrated. June 2, 1999. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Duke Blue Devils Basketball Statistical Database—Season by Season". StatsGeek.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.wralsportsfan.com/unc/forum_topic/17205549/?d_comments_page=1&comment_order=forward
  12. ^ "Cameron Indoor Records" (PDF). Duke Sports Information. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  13. ^ "1982-83 Season and Results". StatsGeek.com. Retrieved March 6, 2008.

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