Construction delayed on center that will house Naismith’s rules of basketball

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If you want to check out James Naismith’s original rules of basketball…you’re going to have to wait a little longer.

Construction originally was expected to begin this year on the $18 million Debruce center..but now it won’t start until next spring.

Questions about lighting and other major design issues delayed the project.

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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