Work pushed to 2014 on facility for Naismith rules

Naismith rules (KSN File Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Construction of a building that will house James Naismith’s original rules of basketball has been pushed back to next spring.

The Kansas City Star reports that work originally was expected to begin this year on the $18 million DeBruce Center.

Questions about lighting and other major design issues contributed to the delay. And with the building to be located adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse, university officials had concerns about working on the building during basketball season.

Naismith outlined the 13 basic rules for what would become the game of basketball in 1891. Nearly 120 years later, in 2010, Kansas alumnus David Booth purchased the two-page document at an auction for $4.3 million. At the time, that was the highest price ever paid for sports memorabilia.

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