Cameron Indoor stadium, the heart and soul of Duke Basketball. It is by far one of the most awesome places I have ever visited. If you're a Duke fan and have never been, I highly recommend making that part of your bucket list. There are many factors that play into why Cameron Indoor is such a special place. The size, the atmosphere, the history; the heart of Duke basketball has for sure made its mark in this stadium. From games, award ceremonies, rivalry night, K-Academy, ect., it's definitely a honorable place to be. Not to mention the legend that is Mike Krzyzewski, who helps keeps this place in its best shape. And, we can't forget the awesome basketball hall of fame/museum they have added, a must see for your first trip to Cameron.
My love is so strong for this place because of the history behind it. It isn't your typical college basketball stadium, and here's why... back in 1939, Duke's football team traveled to Pasadena to play Southern California in the Rose Bowl. You may be wondering what this has to do with basketball... well Duke made enough money from this game to finally start construction on a new basketball facility, which would become known as Cameron Indoor Stadium. Although it was not named after Eddie Cameron until January 22, in the year of 1972. The indoor stadium had been under consideration for years, but the Great Depression made money tight, making this only a dream through most of the 1930's. According to my sources, Eddie Cameron and Wallace Wade were known to have sketched the plans, or blueprints, on the back of a matchbox. The matchbox was apparently never found so some say this was a myth, who knows.
January 6th, 1940, Duke opened the doors and welcomed students and staff to the new and improved stadium. Observers were wowed by the new building. The lower bleacher section was reserved for the students, (which still remains to this day), and the upper level consisted of reserved "theater seats". This was the first time Duke had reserved seats. It was no longer a necessity to have to sit through a freshman preliminary game in order to have good seats for the main event. Although the stadium did undergo slight renovations in the summer of 2009 to enhance the game day experience, it has still retained it's historic qualities. The Stadium was once known as the largest indoor stadium in the Southern conference, and is now among the smallest. It has always been regarded as one of the nation's top college basketball facilities, and still is to this day. Cameron Indoor Stadium has remained very much the same over the last 70+ years. New seating, high tech electronics and a fresh coat of paint have not altered, but enhanced Cameron's electric spirit.
Duke has won more than 84 percent of their games at home since opened, just goes to show you the effect that the atmosphere in the stadium brings, especially now a days with the help of the Cameron Crazies. In fact, according to goduke.com, the "creative harassment" of the student section has given Duke the honor of being known as "one of the toughest road games in the USA," according to USA Today and any visiting team that has ever played in Cameron. I would personally have to agree with that for sure, it is quite the experience to be among the crazies during a home game. As a Blue Devil fan, I will always take pride in the history that makes this place so special and forever cherish the unforgettable memories. I cannot wait for this upcoming season in Cameron! See you all at The Devil's Krafthouse before the game's!!