DeBruce Center Groundbreaking Scheduled for May 2
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas will conduct a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center Friday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m., at the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse. The event is open to the public.
As a result of a leadership gift from KU alumni Paul and Katherine DeBruce, of Mission Hills, the DeBruce Center will become the permanent home of James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” and will be flanked by the stories of Naismith, “the Father of Basketball,” and Forrest “Phog” Allen, “the Father of Basketball Coaching.”
The center will also consist of a student activity center built to accommodate seating for 320, that includes retail dining, café seating, a new training table setting for both the KU men’s and women’s basketball teams and a catered event space.
With a connection to Allen Fieldhouse through the second-floor concourse and the Booth Hall of Athletics, the DeBruce Center will support future exhibits around the history of the game and Kansas’ rich basketball tradition.
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