Allen Fieldhouse History
Allen Fieldhouse has been home to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team since 1955 and in
the more than half a century of its existence it has become one of the most hallowed venues in all of college sports. There
is perhaps no other university in the country that takes its college basketball more seriously than KU and the moment you
enter Allen Fieldhouse on a game day you will feel both the history and intensity surrounding Kansas Jayhawks basketball.
ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena in the country, giving the Jayhawks a significant
home court advantage. The arena is named after Phog Allen who coached the Jayhawks for 38 years and is the largest indoor
arena in the state of Kansas. If you are looking to attend some of the most thrilling college basketball games of the season
head out to Allen Fieldhouse.
Allen Fieldhouse Events
While it is known best as a college basketball arena
and home to the Kansas Jayhawks, there have been plenty of other events held at Allen Fieldhouse over the years. The venue
occasionally holds concerts and has hosted such big name acts as Elton John, the Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Tina Turner,
Bob Hope, and many more. Additonally world famous speakers have taken the stage at Allen Fieldhouse including Bill Clinton,
Robert Kennedy, Abbie Hoffman, and others. NBA exhibition games as well as NCAA Tournament regional contests have been held
at Allen Fieldhouse.
Lawrence, Kansas is primarily known as a college town and is home
not only to Kansas University but also to Haskell Indian Nations University. As such, there are always countless college athletics
events to entertain visitors and residents alike. Additionally, you can explore the Natural History Museum, the Dole Institute
of Politics, or the Spencer Museum of Art. If you are looking to get some fresh air and exercise you can head over to the
disc golf course or skate park at Centennial Park or just stroll around its rolling hills and marvel at the Polaris missile
Allen Fieldhouse Seating Layout
Allen Fieldhouse has a seating capacity of 16,300 with 4,000
of them being reserved for Kansas University students and the vast majority of the rest already being taken up by longtime
season ticket holders. Getting in to Allen Fieldhouse for a Jayhawks game is never an easy task but it is always well worth
the effort as you get the chance to be inside one of the most historic buildings in all of college basketball, as well as
one of the most exciting atmospheres in the sport.
A banner on the north wall of the arena reads
"Pay Heed All Who Enter: Beware the Phog." This refers to the historic home court dominance the Jayhawks have enjoyed at Allen
Fieldhouse and was inspired by th Eighties horror movie The Fog. Many of the biggest legends of college basketball have played
for the Kansas Jayhawks and have banners honoring their memory hanging from the rafters including: Danny Manning, Wilt Chamberlain,
Kirk Heinrich, Paul Pierce, Nick Collison, and others.