Outside of San Antonio, Lawrence, Kansas is the place to watch the Final Four!
CRADLE OF BASKETBALL
No other city in the world can boast an array of basketball history like Lawrence, Kansas.
- James Naismith
- Invented the game of basketball on December 21, 1891, to fill the need for an indoor winter sport.
- In 1898, he brought the sport to the University of Kansas and became the school’s first basketball coach.
- The court in Allen Fieldhouse is officially James Naismith Court.
- “The Father of Basketball”
- Forrest C. “Phog” Allen
- Became KU’s second basketball coach when he replaced Naismith in 1908.
- Allen served for 39 seasons at KU.
- To date, Phog Allen is the fourth most successful coach in the history of college basketball and KU’s winningest coach of all time.
- He was instrumental in bringing basketball to the Olympic games.
- Naismith reportedly coined Allen the “father of basketball coaching”.
- It is in reference to this beloved coach that his statue stands in front of the Fieldhouse that bears his name and Jayhawk fans warn opponents to “Beware of the Phog.”
- Allen Fieldhouse
- Ranked in the “Sweet 16 of College Basketball Venues” by The Travel Channel… https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/sports/photos/sweet-16-college-basketball-venues
- “Best Must-See Stadium in North America” – USA Today Reader’s Choice winner… http://www.10best.com/interests/outdoor-adventures/readers-choice-winners-this-is-the-best-of-sports/
- RealSport’s Ultimate Sports Bucket List experience… https://realsport101.com/news/sports/others/realsports-ultimate-sports-bucket-list-part-two/
- “25 North American stadiums that should be on every sports fan’s bucket list” – Times Union… https://www.timesunion.com/technology/businessinsider/article/25-North-American-stadiums-that-should-be-on-12203086.php
- Holds the Guinness World Record for “Loudest Crowd Roar at a Sports Stadium (Indoors) – 2/13/17 vs. West Virginia – 130.4 Decibels
- Booth Hall of Athletics
- The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is a 19,335-square-foot museum adjacent to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse.
- The Hall honors KU’s historic athletics programs, its coaches and student-athletes, past and present.
- -Sat. : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- DeBruce Center
- A unique facility that explores the rich history of basketball
- Home of Dr. Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball”
- Next door to Allen Fieldhouse
- Monday – Thursday: 7am – 6pm, Friday: 7am – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday: closed
- Find more Cradle of Basketball info at https://unmistakablylawrence.com/explore/itineraries/basketball
ABOUT LAWRENCE, KANSAS
If you can’t make it to San Antonio for the Final Four, come to the next best place – Lawrence, Kansas – the home of the Jayhawks!
- Ranked one of the Top 10 best cities for college basketball fans by WalletHub… http://helenair.com/sports/college/basketball/where-are-the-best-cities-for-college-basketball-fans/article_8722e9e5-a847-520f-b91e-d14504765dcd.html
- The University of Kansas is named the Best College in Kansas by Thrillist… https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-colleges-in-the-us
- Ranked the best college town in America by iExplore… https://www.iexplore.com/destinations/kansas/lawrence-kansas-best-college-town-in-america
- Where to watch the Big Games in Lawrence blog… https://unmistakablylawrence.com/basketball/where-to-watch/
Final Four Watch Parties in Lawrence (known to date):
- Allen Fieldhouse: 1651 Naismith Drive
- Game will be shown on the video board
- North, South and East entrances open at 6:30
- KU pep band and spirit squad will be on hand
- Free admission/free parking
- Concessions available
- The Granada Theatre: 1020 Massachusetts
- Big screen projection indoors
- Large LED screen outdoors
- Doors at 1:00 PM
- Free before 4:00 PM/$5 cover after 4:00 PM
- 18 to enter ($5 surcharge for under 21)
- Liberty Hall: 644 Massachusetts Street
- Free to enter
- Doors open one hour before tip-off
- 21 to enter
- Bar & Concessions available
- The Bottleneck: 737 New Hampshire St.
- Free admission
- All ages before 10:00 PM, 18+ after
- The Phantastics live music before the game
- The Bando Boys live music after the game
- Abe & Jake’s: 8 E 6th Street
- Doors open at 1:00 PM
- Free to enter until 4:30 PM / $5 after / children under 12: free to enter, must be accompanied by adult
- DJ for all timeouts & halftime
- Bacon BBQ food available for sale
- Bars will be open
- Reserved tables & private rooms available for $200: Call 785-841-5855 to reserve
- Wayne & Larry’s: 933 Iowa Street
- Jackpot Music Hall: 943 Massachusetts Street
- Free watch party with live music from Ben Taddiken and Herringbone
If the Jayhawks win, there will be a huge party on Massachusetts Street that you won’t want to miss. Things to know…
- In 2008 when Kansas won the National Championship, an estimated 40,000 fans celebrated in Downtown Lawrence
- Parking is prohibited on Massachusetts street beginning a 5:00 AM Saturday (3/31). Any vehicles remaining along Massachusetts street after 5:00 AM will be towed.
- Traffic will be blocked along Massachusetts street from 6th to 11th street beginning a 5:00 AM Saturday (3/31)
- No glass bottle or other glass containers allowed
- No downtown rooftop access is allowed
- The city of Lawrence is providing a shuttle from KU’s Memorial Stadium to the 700 block of Vermont Street from 11:00 AM Saturday until one hour after the game ends.
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