Louisville's former practice facility is scheduled to be torn down

U of L held an open house at Crawford Gym on Thursday afternoon

The place that helped cement the University of Louisville men's basketball program as one of the nation's elite is enjoying its final days of existence. 

Opened in 1964 to serve the school's basketball and swimming programs, Crawford Gym was among the top basketball courts for the nation's best players.  While it served as the practice home for the Cardinals for decades, helping the team prepare for national championship runs in the 1980s.  It also served as a practice location for the ABA's Kentucky Colonels and was a place to find U of L and NBA greats playing pick-up throughout the off-season.

Scheduled for demolition next month to make room for a new academic building, the school held an open house on Wednesday allowing former coaches, players and long-time fans to enjoy one final memory in the structure.

Fans can purchase segments of the floor, with proceeds benefiting the Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation.  Click here for more information.

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