Duke in Pics: A Day in the Life of a Game in Cameron – Duke Today

On a recent Wednesday morning, Alli Slater, Duke Athletics’ director of game operations and championships, walked out of the December cold and into one of the most familiar settings in American sports. 

With its wooden bleachers, championship banners and rabid fans, Cameron Indoor Stadium is as famous as the basketball stars that have graced its court.

But on this morning, the 82-year-old West Campus arena is quiet. There was a game the night before – the Duke men’s basketball team beat South Carolina State 103-62 – and on today, the Duke women’s team would welcome top-ranked South Carolina. 

But until then, there’s plenty of work to be done.

It’s the Gamecocks that are top of mind for Slater, whose job is to oversee what happens in Cameron. South Carolina is scheduled to have a shootaround in about 15 minutes, and the team could show up any second, so Slater makes a quick check of the visitors’ locker room and cruises by the benches to make sure there are towels and balls ready for when the Gamecocks arrive.

Everything is in order and, right on time, the South Carolina team strolls through the doors and onto the court, ready to get to work.

Home to Duke’s wrestling, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as – during non-pandemic times – plenty of campus events, Cameron Indoor Stadium is rarely quiet. And it’s the job of a network of staff in Duke Athletics, and elsewhere, to make sure the action in the building unfolds smoothly, while also ensuring the fans get the bucket-list experience they came for.

“The Game Day environment in Cameron remains one of the best in the country,” said Duke Women’s Basketball Coach Kara Lawson. “This is made possible by our tremendous staff. They make sure every detail is covered and provide great support to our team. We want every fan to have an incredible experience when they attend a basketball game. All of our operations staff behind the scenes make that possible.”

Here’s a look at the work that went into one day in the life of one of Duke’s most beloved buildings when the Blue Devils’ women’s basketball team hosted South Carolina on December 15.

Early in the afternoon, while Duke’s campus is filled with students hustling to and from class, the Duke men’s basketball team holds a practice session on the Cameron Indoor Stadium court. Only the sound of squeaking sneakers and blasting whistles make it past the drapes lowered in the doorways to provide privacy.

A little before 4 p.m., preparations for that night’s game are in full swing. Duke Athletics Senior Associate Director of Communications Lindy Brown, who has worked at Duke for 23 years, collates game notes for the roughly two dozen media members who will watch the game from press row.

“Our communications team works with the media to make sure they have the best experience possible when they attend games at Duke,” Brown said. “There are so many outstanding stories to tell throughout out athletic department and we want to make sure they have a pleasant experience on campus and want to come back to cover more events.”

The Blue Devil Network will produce that night’s broadcast, which will …….

Source: https://today.duke.edu/2022/01/duke-pics-day-life-game-cameron

On a recent Wednesday morning, Alli Slater, Duke Athletics’ director of game operations and championships, walked out of the December cold and into one of the most familiar settings in American sports. 

With its wooden bleachers, championship banners and rabid fans, Cameron Indoor Stadium is as famous as the basketball stars that have graced its court.

But on this morning, the 82-year-old West Campus arena is quiet. There was a game the night before – the Duke men’s basketball team beat South Carolina State 103-62 – and on today, the Duke women’s team would welcome top-ranke…….

On a recent Wednesday morning, Alli Slater, Duke Athletics’ director of game operations and championships, walked out of the December cold and into one of the most familiar settings in American sports. 

With its wooden bleachers, championship banners and rabid fans, Cameron Indoor Stadium is as famous as the basketball stars that have graced its court.

But on this morning, the 82-year-old West Campus arena is quiet. There was a game the night before – the Duke men’s basketball team beat South Carolina State 103-62 – and on today, the Duke women’s team would welcome top-ranke…….

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