Home to Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball

The University of Kansas broke ground for the 32,000-square-foot DeBruce Center on May 2, 2014. The DeBruce Center features James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket ball".

The new facility was made possible by a lead gift from the DeBruce Foundation. The DeBruce Center features:

  • The original rules of basketball, created in 1891 by James Naismith and purchased by benefactors David and Suzanne Booth
  • Displays celebrating James Naismith, the "Father of Basketball", and Forrest "Phog" Allen, the "Father of Basketball Coaching".
  • The Courtside Cafe, with seating for over 200
  • A catering space for special events
  • The Original Rules Gift Shop

The Father of Basketball

James NaismithJames Naismith, the Father of Basketball, invented the sport in 1891 while at the YMCA Training Institute in Springfield, Mass. After receiving a degree in medicine in Denver, CO, and working at the local YMCA, he was offered the position of Director of Physical Culture and Chaplain at the University of Kansas. He soon organized a basketball team consisting of athletes with little knowledge of the game, and introduced KU to the sport that the University is known for today.

The Father of Basketball Coaching

Phog AllenForrest C. "Phog" Allen, considered the "Father of Basketball Coaching", was the first collegiate coach to reach 700 victories. Winning 746 games with only 264 losses (a winning percentage of 73.9), he also mentored many other successful Naismith Hall of Fame collegiate coaches such as Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, Northwestern's Dutch Lonborg, Oregon State's Ralph Miller and North Carolina's Dean Smith.


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General Information

Saturday, October 1 Late Night in the Phog Hours:

The DeBruce Center
10am - 3pm

Courtside Café
Inside café closed, outdoor tent café open 10am-3pm

Roasterie® Coffee
10am-3pm

The Original Rules Gift Shop
10am-3pm
​Closed 3pm-5pm
5pm-10:30pm


Regular Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 7am - 6pm
Friday: 7am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sundays: Closed

Parking Information - Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage

Building Directory

To reserve space within the DeBruce Center for an event or a meeting, please contact Event Services at the Kansas Union; eventservices@ku.edu or 785-864-4651

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