DeBruce Center

1647 Naismith Drive Lawrence , KS 66045

Construction began in fall 2014 on the center, which will house James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" as well as a student center and meeting rooms. The three-story, $18 million center adjoining the northeast corner of the Fieldhouse and the Booth Hall of Athletics will be named for Paul and Katherine DeBruce, 1973 alumni who are primary donors. Completion of the 31,000-square-foot structure, which will be connected to the second-level concourse of the field house, is expected in fall 2015.

Naismith wrote the rules of the game he invented in December 1891. The two sheets of paper, typewritten and annotated by Naismith, were purchased for $4.3 million at auction in December 2010 and donated to KU by David and Suzanne Deal Booth, alumni whose family funded the hall of athletics.


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