Sports fans across the globe have made Cameron Indoor Stadium one of the “must see” stops on the Duke University campus for many years. Now the history of the five-time national championship Duke Basketball program, directed by Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, is being brought to life on a daily basis at the Duke Basketball Museum, located adjacent to Cameron in the Schwartz/Butters Athletic Center.
“The heritage and success of our basketball program and all of our sports deserve this level of recognition and celebration,” said Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White. “It is exciting for our entire department to see this come alive and hopefully give our fans and alumni another place to stop, enjoy, and relive their memories of Duke Basketball and all of our sports programs. We have a lot to celebrate."
Duke Basketball’s unparalleled success is archived with a multitude of trophy displays, including a ring of the five title trophies, interactive videos and memorabilia, which are all on display for the first time under one roof. Inside the museum will also be great photo opportunities that put you in the middle of two iconic areas of Duke Basketball - the tent city known as Krzyzewskiville and the Cameron Crazies.
“We are so excited to open the Duke Basketball Museum and the renovated Duke Athletics Hall of Fame," said Krzyzewski in October 2010. "It is an appropriate tribute to the tremendous heritage of Duke Athletics. When you see the accomplishments of all of those who’ve represented this Athletics Department collected in one location, Duke’s long-standing excellence becomes apparent. We hope that fans take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the history of Duke Athletics.”
The re-creation of the 6,600 square foot space took place over the summer and fall months of 2010 after the men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse programs captured NCAA Championships, which led to a broader need to celebrate the extraordinary success of every sport at Duke.
In addition, residing next to the Museum is the newly located Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, featuring portraits of its Hall of Fame members and celebrating all of Duke’s 27 intercollegiate sports which have combined to capture 16 national championships since 1986.
Several years ago, as part of the opening of the Yoh Football Building, the Duke Football Museum was opened to celebrate its history and successes. That special area remains open and is a part of Duke’s fan tour between Cameron and Wallace Wade Stadium.
ZebraDog Design in Madison, Wis., was awarded the contract to build out the new Basketball Museum and Athletics Hall of Fame. ZEBRADOG is a multi-disciplined Dynamic Environment Design Studio focused on delivering truthful guest experiences that support Duke’s unique culture. Among their credits in design are the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin and Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
The Duke Basketball Museum & Duke Athletics Hall of Fame will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, with weekend hours around home football and basketball games. The area is free of charge for all visitors.