Card Gymnasium

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Card Gymnasium
Krzyzewskiville lawn2.jpg
Card Gym shown behind Krzyzewskiville
Former namesDuke Gymnasium (1930–1958)
Location320 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Coordinates35°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
OwnerDuke University
OperatorDuke University
Construction cost$345,557[1]
ArchitectOffice of Horace Trumbauer
Duke Blue Devils
(Wrestling, Fencing, Men’s Basketball 1930–1939)

Card Gymnasium is a multi-purpose arena in Durham, North Carolina. It was home to the Duke University Blue Devils basketball team from its opening in 1930 until Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940.[2] During its years as home to the men’s basketball team, it had a capacity of approximately 4,000.[3] It was originally named “Duke Gymnasium” before being named after former Blue Devils head basketball coach, Wilbur Wade Card, in 1958.[1] It currently serves as the home to Duke Wrestling[4] and Fencing.


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 part of the Brodie Recreation Center.

The earliest games were played at a 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.

Duke fencing meet at Card

Notable events[edit]

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.[5] 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. ^ a b Roth, John (2006). The Encyclopedia of Duke Basketball. Duke University Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-822-33904-5.
  2. ^ ESPN, Editors (2009), ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia, Bristol, Connecticut: ESPN, ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2
  3. ^ "Card Gymnasium". Duke University Campus Map. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Wrestlers Make Home Debut Wednesday". Go Duke. Duke Sports Information. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
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