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Card Gymnasium

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Operator  Duke University
Opened  1930
Construction cost  345,557 USD
Surface  Hardwood
Owner  Duke University
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Former names  Duke Gymnasium (1930–1958)
Location  320 Towerview Drive Durham, NC 27708
Architect  Office of Horace Trumbauer
Similar  The Ark, Jack Coombs Field, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Koskinen Stadium, University Hall

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. During its years as home to the men’s basketball team, it had a capacity of approximately 4,000. It was originally named “Duke Gymnasium” before being named after former Blue Devils head basketball coach, Wilbur Wade Card, in 1958. It currently serves as the home to Duke Wrestling and Fencing.

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Predecessors

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.

Notable events

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. 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.

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