First Basketball Game Played in Iowa City

June 29, 2004

Iowa City, IA was the site of the first college basketball game played with five players on a side. The historic event took place in Close Hall on the University of Iowa campus on January 18, 1896.

In that first game, the University of Chicago defeated Iowa 15-12, with neither team using any substitutes.

The game was arranged by Iowa professor H.F. Kallenberg, who had earlier attended Spring Field College, and wrote James Naismith for a copy of the rules of the game, and Amos Alonzo Stagg, a friend of Kallenberg who had become the athletic director at Chicago.

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