Cameron Indoor Stadium is the basketball arena for Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Supposedly, the plans for the stadium were drawn up in 1935
by basketball coach Eddie Cameron, and football coach Wallace
Wade. 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,
The building originally included seating for 8,800, though standing room was sufficient to ensure that
12,000 could fit in on a particularly busy day. Then, as now, Duke students were allowed a large chunk of the seats, including
those directly alongside the court. Renovations in 1987-1988 removed the standing room areas and added seats, bringing capacity to 9,314.
Duke's men's basketball teams have had a decided home-court advantage for many years, thanks to the
diehard students and fans affectionally known as Cameron Crazies. The
hardwood floor has been dedicated and renamed Coach K Court in recognition of head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
In EA Sports's NCAA March Madness 2005 and '06,
Cameron Indoor ranked first in the top twenty-five toughest places to play. Additionally, Sports Illustrated ranks it in the
world's top 20 sporting venues, and USA Today referred to it as "the toughest road game in the nation".