A photo of the side of DeBruce Center from across the street during night time. CREDIT TO Steve Hall and Hedrich Blessing.

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

The DeBruce Center is a unique facility in which fans of all ages can come together to explore the rich history of basketball, a sport near and dear to KU's heart.

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Home of the Original Rules of Basketball

Featuring a modern event space for special occasions, rich history of KU basketball, and more for all!
View our building hours and layout below.

A map of Level 1 of DeBruce Center including the Courtside Cafe by KU Dining and an area to sit.

Level 1

This level includes a dining space, Courtside Cafe, and an area to sit and enjoy the views of Central District at KU.

Courtside Café

A map of Level 2 of DeBruce Center that includes KU's rich history in basketball and The CoffeeHouse, We Proudly Serve Starbucks.

Level 2

This level includes a CoffeeHouse location, rich history of KU's basketball program and the official Rules of Basketball.

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A map of Level 3 of DeBruce Center including additional seating in a mezzanine style.

Level 3

This level includes additional seating space to view the lovely Central District of KU.

Offering custom, small-group tours

Our staff can provide guided tours of the DeBruce building and its exhibits. We can also provide 30-60 minute programs on basketball history and KU traditions – past and present. Contact our staff at 785-864-9750 or debrucecenter@ku.edu for more info.

Watch: A short doc about us, produced by KJHK 90.7 FM.

Video courtesy of KJHK 90.7 FM.

Watch: The making of the Naismith Statue.

Video courtesy of the KU Endowment.

Contact Us

The University of Kansas
The DeBruce Center
1647 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

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