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Naismith’s rules to have permanent home at KU

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:17 a.m. CST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — James Naismith’s original rules of basketball are about to have a permanent home — appropriately enough, right on Naismith Drive.

The University of Kansas plans to build an $18 million facility that connects to Allen Fieldhouse and will house the original two-page document on which, in 1891, Naismith outlined the 13 basic rules for what would become the game of basketball.

The three-story facility will be known as the DeBruce Center in honor of Paul and Katherine DeBruce, who donated the bulk of the private funding. Along with housing the rules, it will have dining and meeting spaces available for students, faculty and visitors.