Home to Naismith's Original Rules of "Basket Ball"

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the DeBruce Center's operating hours?
A: The DeBruce Center is open Monday through Saturday, and even during times that the KU campus is otherwise quiet. A list of regular hours and special operating hours (such as during home basketball games) can be found here.

Q: Where can I park when I visit?
A: With the exception of home basketball game days, public parking is available in the Allen Fieldhouse parking garage, adjacent to the DeBruce Center, located at 1501 Irving Hill Road.
Required pre-pay parking rate is $1.75/first hour and $1.50/additional hour.
Pay via mobile ParkMobile app (zone 3929), or have your license plate number ready to use a pay station – cash (no change) or credit card.
Pay stations are located at the level 3 northeast elevator or level 1 south stairs.
Enter the DeBruce Center on the east side of level 2, by the accessible parking spots (use the level 3 pay station).

Q: Is there a fee associated with viewing the exhibits?
A: There is no admission fee for visiting the DeBruce Center, but people tend to stay awhile once they see the space and like to also visit the Courtside Café.
Q: Can I host an event in the DeBruce Center?
A: Most definitely! One meeting room is available during the hours that the building is open, and the whole building is available for rent after hours. KU's student athletes eat their evening meals in the building after hours, which is the main activity that needs to be worked around when scheduling evening events. Visit our Reserving Space page for more information.
Q: How much did Naismith’s Original Rules of Basketball cost?
A: The winning bid was $3.8 million dollars, then an auction house fee of $500,000 was factored in, for a total cost of $4.3 million dollars.
Q: Why are Naismith’s Original Rules difficult to read?
A: KU has gone to great lengths to properly preserve this priceless document. Unfortunately, light is one of the biggest enemies of ink on paper. While the lighting is low in the display case, there is a seven foot tall banner exhibit in the Rules Gallery that shows the original rules document in grand proportion. You can experience the original rules in their display case and also read them on the banner.
Q: How were the quotes chosen for the Wall of Quotes?
A: That was a tough one! So many icons have played an important role in the history of the KU program. The quotes were chosen based on the content of the message itself and how the person quoted contributed to the diversity of individuals on featured on the quote wall.​

Q: Where are the accessible restrooms located?
A: Accessible restrooms can be found on Level 1 and Level 3 of the building.