Caretaker: Lots of pride, work go into keeping Cameron’s court in top condition


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – William Harris prefers the title of “caretaker” to “university housekeeping.” He has worked inside Cameron Indoor Stadium for the last six years, making sure that its court is in top condition.

It takes a lot of pride and a lot of elbow grease.

“I take a little pride in that,” Harris said. “I do it around three times a week with an alcohol-based cleaner by hand. It takes about an hour and a half for the whole thing.”

Harris spends more time on the court than most not named Mike Krzyzewski.

“(The players), I think what they do on the court is a little more important,” he said. 

Krzyzewski takes notice when people put in the hard work on the basketball court. Harris’ work on taking care of it is no exception. 

“We’re so appreciative of what William does,” the Blue Devils coach said. “Ya know, he’s taking care of a sacred floor. We know who he is and he’s part of our team. … If he was a player, you’d win with William because he owns the floor.”

It also helps that Harris is a Duke fan.

“I enjoy what I do. I think that’s what makes it easier,” he said. “If you enjoy what you do, you don’t mind coming to work. You don’t mind giving it 100 percent.”

Duke will play the first of its two regular-season games against rival North Carolina Wednesday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

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