Durham college basketball fans are known for going a little mad in March (last year was no exception). But with two NCAA Division I basketball programs located in Durham, who can blame them? The Duke University Blue Devils and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Eagles have made a name for themselves at the big dance, with the Duke University men’s basketball team appearing in 11 championship games (winning five NCAA championships), and the NCCU men’s basketball team appearing twice in the tournament. The Duke University women’s basketball team has logged four trips to the NCAA Tournament Final Four, and the NCCU women’s basketball team is ranked 8th heading into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, while enjoying the most wins since 2013 this season.
What’s the best way to experience the best of March Madness in Durham? Read on.
Where to watch
Durham sports bars, restaurants, and breweries are all great places to watch NCAA tournament games. Head to the Ninth Street or Brightleaf districts to watch Duke games at locations like Dain’s Place, Devine’s, Satisfaction, or head downtown to visit places like Tobacco Road Sports Café and Fullsteam Brewery. Don’t worry if you favor a local rival team; you’ll probably still find friends in enemy territory.
Shop for team swag
Show off your team colors with pride! For Duke Blue Devils apparel and accessories, head to the Duck Shop in Durham’s Ninth Street Shopping district or the Duke University Store on Duke’s campus. NCCU Eagles gear can be purchased at the NCCU bookstore on campus.
See where the basketball magic happens
Visit the storied Cameron Indoor Stadium where Duke University basketball teams play home games, and the Duke University Basketball Museum and Sports Hall of Fame to see trophies, memorabilia, and videos from past games. You can also visit McDougald-Mclendon Arena, which is home to the NCCU Eagles basketball teams.
There you have it – everything you need to enjoy the NCAA Tournament in the Bull City. No matter who you root for, we wish you the best of luck with your bracket.