It's been 68 years since the doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium opened to its fiercely loyal patronage at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Key moments are too numerous to recount, but here are 10 highlights in the arena's storied timeline:
• Jan. 6, 1940: Duke dedicates its new Indoor Stadium with a 36-27 win over Princeton in front of 8,000 people.
• Feb. 16, 1946: Duke Indoor Stadium enjoys its first official sellout of 8,800 tickets, but loses 54-44 to North Carolina. Sold out weeks in advance, the game is played before the largest crowd to attend a college basketball tilt south of Philadelphia's Convention Hall.
• Dec. 1, 1951: Duke's season-opening rout of Temple marks the first racially integrated basketball game in Indoor Stadium history.
• Jan. 27, 1958: Duke enjoys its first win over a No. 1 opponent, knocking off West Virginia, 72-68.
• Jan. 22, 1972: Duke renames its Indoor Stadium in honor of retiring athletics director and legendary coach Eddie Cameron, who became head basketball coach in 1929 and in 14 years won 226 games and lost but 99. In 1942, Cameron was named head football coach and guided the Blue Devils to a four-year mark of 25-11-1 and their first Bowl win, in the 1945. He served as Duke's director of Athletics the last 21 years of his tenure at the university.
• March 2, 1986: Duke defeats North Carolina to wrap up its first ACC regular-season championship under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and first since 1979.
• Nov. 17, 2000: The floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium is named Coach K Court in honor of Krzyzewski, who won his 500th game at Duke a few moments before the ceremony.
• Jan. 5, 2005: Duke celebrates its 100th year of basketball and its 65th in Cameron Indoor Stadium with a win over Princeton. Duke wears throwback jersey for the contest, which is attended by dozens of former players and coaches.
• Feb. 4, 2007: J.J. Redick's No. 4 is retired; his jersey is raised alongside those of Duke heroes Dick Groat (No. 10), Art Heyman (25), Jeff Mullins (44), Mike Gminski (43), Johnny Dawkins (24), Danny Ferry (35), Christian Laettner (32), Bobby Hurley (11), Grant Hill (33), Shane Battier (31), Jason Williams (22) and Shelden Williams (23).
• Feb. 18, 2007: Krzyzewski collects win No. 700 at Duke with a 71-62 victory over Georgia Tech.
Sources: "The Encyclopedia of Duke Basketball" by John Roth; and Duke Sports Information.
For more details and history, visit the Duke University Athletics Web site.
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