Duke Blue Devils Overview

Fast facts

League: ACC

Head Coach: Jon Scheyer

Team Mascot: Blue Devil

Year Opened: 1940

Capacity: 9314

City / State: Durham / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Duke vs North Carolina

Rival Team: UNC Tar Heels

Duke-North Carolina is arguably the biggest rivalry in college basketball, so if you ever have the chance to attend a game between these two Tobacco Road rivals jump at it. The rivalry has produced many unforgettable moments over the years including Duke’s 87-86 triple overtime victory over the Tar Heels in 1968. National media sports outlets like ESPN and Sports Illustrated have ranked the rivalry as the best in college basketball, so make sure to attend a Duke-North Carolina game if you ever get the chance.

Duke vs Wake Forest

Rival Team: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The rivalry between Duke and Wake Forest may get overshadowed by the Blue Devil’s rivalry with the Tar Heels, but the Duke-Wake Forest rivalry is actually the Blue Devil’s oldest rivalry. It dates back to the 1905-06 season and has been going strong ever since. If you’re looking to attending a great matchup, then there are few better than a Duke-Wake Forest game.

Duke vs Maryland

Rival Team: Maryland Terrapins

Duke and Maryland was one of the fiercest rivalries in the country when Maryland was in the ACC. The two teams had several hard fought battles over the years including an 87-72 Terps win against #1 Duke in 2003. While the two won’t play regularly anymore, there is still a good chance to see them square off in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, so be on alert for when these two teams meet next as you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Duke vs Michigan

Rival Team: Michigan Wolverines

Duke-Michigan has been an intense inter-conference rivalry since the 1960s. The two schools met annually from 1963 to 1970 and 1989 to 2002. They’ve also squared off several times in the Big Ten-ACC challenge as well as the NCAA Tournament, including the 1992 National Championship Game. You won’t want to miss it when the Michigan comes to town as the in-game atmosphere will be palpable.

Duke vs Syracuse

Rival Team: Syracuse Orange

One of the greatest basketball rivalries in the NCAAB started when Duke and Syracuse met in the Elite Eight of the 1966 NCAA Tournament and the Blue Devils emerge as winners, 91-81. The crowds were unfamiliar as both teams were not part of the same league, but they cheered their hearts out nonetheless. Years after, the fire and passion of both sides did not fade as they both faced each other again when Syracuse transferred to ACC in the 2013-14 season, which then soon lead to one of the most sought-after rivalries in the NCAAB.

Duke Blue Devils Stadium Guide

In Game

A trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium is on the bucket list of every college basketball fan out there and with good reason. The famous arena is home to one of the wildest and craziest student section, which has helped power the Blue Devils to one of the best home court advantages in the game. Since 2004-05, the Blue Devils have the second highest home winning percentage in large part thanks to the incredible support of the Cameron Crazies. The Crazies raucous cheers and taunts alone are worth the price of admission and help create an unforgettable atmosphere.

In addition to the fantastic fan support, Cameron Indoor Stadium is also one of the most historic venues in college basketball. The unassuming arena blends in seamlessly with the rest of the buildings on the Duke campus and the arena’s old school feeling is something you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.

The Blue Devils success over the years has led to Cameron Indoor Stadium, being the home to artifacts and exhibits showcasing the program’s illustrious history. The Duke Basketball Museum is a must see for any Blue Devils or college basketball fan, so make sure to check it out before the game.

Finally, if you’re looking to grab something to eat or drink before or after the game, you’ll find plenty of options. Nearby Chubby’s Tacos is a favorite among students, and there are lots of other options close by as well. If you venture into downtown Durham, you’ll have even more choices including the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, which overlooks the home of Durham Bulls and the famed “snorting bull” sign from Bull Durham.

Attending a Duke basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium is something every basketball fan should do at least once, so stop reading this guide and book your trip today.

Things to check out

Duke Basketball Museum

Attached to Cameron Indoor Stadium is the Duke Basketball Museum. The museum is a must see for any college basketball fans is home to jerseys, memorabilia, and best of all the program’s five national championship trophies. Take some time before the game to visit the museum and view all of the Blue Devil’s illustrious history.

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If stopping by the Duke Basketball Museum before the game isn’t enough Duke history for you then take some time to enjoy the banners hanging from the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium. The banners celebrate Duke’s conference championships and national championships and help let everyone know they’re watching a game in a truly historic venue.

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Cameron Crazies

Duke has one of the most famous student sections in college basketball, so you’ll experience one of the best atmospheres out there when attending a Duke basketball games. The Cameron Crazies are known for their taunts and ability to get under opponents skin, so come prepared to be heckled if you're wearing the opposing team’s colors.

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All throughout the season, undergraduate students line up in tents to get into Duke games. The tradition dates back to 1986 and has spawned the named Krzyzewskiville after legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. If you’re a student wanting to attend a Blue Devils game make sure to arrive early, so you can get into the game.

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Bench Burning

Duke students celebrate major victories by burning benches in celebration. If you’re at Duke when they beat North Carolina or when they win a national championship, make sure to take part in this fun tradition.

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The Blue Devil

The famous mascot comes from the nickname of a French military unit from World War I. Today the mascot can be seen performing on the sidelines as he entertains the crowd at halftime and between downs. Look out for the Blue Devil as he is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

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Pep Band

The Duke pep band along with the Cameron Crazies are a big part of what makes Cameron Indoor Stadium an intimidating place to play. The band sets the tone for the intense atmosphere found inside the arena, so enjoy their musical stylings when attending a Duke basketball game.

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The Cheerleaders help pump up the crowd, although the Cameron Crazies are usually already loud. Join in the cheers led by the cheerleaders to help aid Duke to victory.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight! Blue Devils, Fight!

    Duke’s primary fight song

    Fight, Fight Blue Devils,
    Fight for Duke and the Blue and White.
    March on through,
    For the touchdown’s there for you
    Go get ’em
    Duke is out to win today
    Carolina goodnight
    So turn on the steam team
    Fight Blue Devils fight!

  2. Blue and White

    Duke, we thy anthems raise
    For all thy praises untold
    We sing for the Blue and White
    Whose colors we uphold
    Firm stand our line of blue
    For we are loyal through and through
    All for the love of old D.U.
    Fight! We’ll Fight!
    With all our strength and might
    Win we can
    So here we give a hand
    Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!
    D-U-K-E, Rah!

  3. Dear Old Duke

    Duke’s alma mater

    Dear old Duke, thy name we’ll sing,
    To thee our voices raise, we’ll raise.
    To thee our anthems ring
    In everlasting praise.

    And though on life’s broad sea,
    Our fates may far us bear,
    We’ll ever turn to thee,
    Our Alma Mater dear.

Duke Blue Devils Bars & Restaurants

  1. James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Beer

    Intimate haunt featuring Guinness, Celtic pub chow & 2 patios, plus trivia & open-mike nights.

    912 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  2. Federal


    It's not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations.

    914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Shooter’s Salon


    Hottest nite club in the area! Home to the Duke Blue Devils.

    827 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Dain’s Place

    Dains Place

    Serves lunch and dinner at all hours with take-out available. Has full bar as well as 80+ American microbrews.

    754 9th St, Durham, NC 27705, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  5. Devine’s

    Devines Durham

    Open since 1978, this staple offers bar food, beer & drinks plus TVs to watch the game & live music

    904 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  6. The Original Q Shack

    QShack Original

    Western Carolina- & Texas-style BBQ smoked in-house & served in bare-bones digs with outdoor tables.

    2510 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  7. Pompieri Pizza


    Cool, airy joint with a patio serving clever salads & wood-fired pies, plus craft beer & cocktails.

    102 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  8. Only Burger

    Only Burger

    Burgers and fries. It’s a decidedly simple concept on the surface. But try an OnlyBurger and you are struck by the taste of burger perfection.

    3710 Shannon Rd #118, Durham, NC 27707, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Backyard BBQ Pit


    Southern Cooking Done Right!

    5122 NC-55, Durham, NC 27713, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  10. Dos Perros

    Chefs At Home

    Honors the rich culinary heritage of Mexican cuisine by serving classic dishes alongside a thoughtful beverage program featuring hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive beer list.

    200 N Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  11. Metro 8

    Metro Steakhouse

    Metro 8 is a family run steakhouse. We offer a range of steaks and salads. We also have a fully serviceable bar.

    1116 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  12. Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

    Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

    Fresh, locally-sourced food meets casual.

    280 S Mangum St #100, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  13. Bull City Burger and Brewery

    Bull City Burger and Brewery

    Family-friendly microbrewery serving locally raised beef burgers & house beers in a casual setting

    107 E Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Elmo’s Diner

    Elmos Diner

    Breakfast anytime & other American square meals in homey digs with booths & a family-friendly vibe.

    776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$