Your Jayhawk Trivia Go-To Guy
Curtis Marsh came to Lawrence as a music and vocal performance student at the University of Kansas in the early 1990s. He fell in love with the University and community, and has been here ever since. His love for sports and the University, plus his roles managing KU Info and directing The DeBruce Center, have equipped him with all kinds of knowledge that he’s eager to share. If you’re ever in the same room with Curtis, go ahead and try to stump him on KU Trivia… our money’s on Curtis!
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Curtis's Top 5 Local Spots
ALLEN FIELDHOUSE & BOOTH FAMILY HALL OF ATHLETICS
What it’s known for: Allen Fieldhouse holds the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest indoor stadium. Many argue it’s the strongest home-court advantage in college basketball. It’s a bucket-list stadium for any college basketball fan. There’s nothing like the sound of the Rock Chalk Chant echoing through the building. The adjacent Booth Hall of Athletics is full of KU sports memorabilia and includes interactive exhibits to see how you measure up against some of KU’s most beloved athletes.
Why he loves it: It’s the crown jewel of campus (in my biased opinion).
Insider tip: Stop by during open hours to browse for free. Tickets are now on sale for 90-minute behind-the-scenes guided walking tours.
THE CAMPANILE AND POTTER LAKE
What it’s known for: A memorial to war dead and a working concert bell tower, the Campanile stands at the top of what is known as “The Hill” with a sprawling green lawn and view of campus, including Potter Lake, a historic picnic and relaxation spot for students across the decades.
Why he loves it: There are many beautiful spots on the KU campus, but this location is an absolute favorite for me.
Insider Tip: Memorial Drive is a great way to experience Marvin Grove, The Campanile and Potter Lake. If you’re a military history buff you’ll love a walk down Memorial Drive. It highlights the campus’s memorials for WWI, WWII, the Korean War and finally—next to the Chi Omega Fountain—the Vietnam War memorial which is the first such memorial placed on a college campus.
THE DEBRUCE CENTER
What it’s known for: A shrine to basketball and a celebration of University of Kansas sporting tradition, The DeBruce Center houses and displays James Naismith’s original rules of “basket ball”. Open to the public with a café section, the center is a popular gathering space and adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse and the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
Why he loves it: In no other place can you fully grasp Dr. James Naismith’s creation of the game of basketball, and the role the University of Kansas had in making it the popular sport it is today.
Insider Tip: Don’t forget to sit and take a picture with the James Naismith statue which sits on the lawn of the DeBruce Center. It’s a favorite spot for an Instagram pic!
COFFIN SPORTS COMPLEX
What it’s known for: The rich athletic tradition of Haskell Indian Nations University boasts a history of creating champions such as Olympic gold medalists Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills as well as a modern, thriving program that brings together student-athletes representing dozens of Native American nations.
Why he loves it: One of the best places to witness living history is Coffin Sports Complex, the home for the basketball and volleyball teams. Tickets are affordable and available at the door—the atmosphere is electric,
Insider Tip: While you’re on campus go check out the historic Haskell Football Stadium (the first lighted stadium in the Midwest and WWI Memorial Arch.
What it’s known for: Features a retired locomotive, a picnic shelter, an open green lawn and an adjacent facility with playground equipment, hoops and the public outdoor aquatic center.
Why he loves it: Just on the edge of downtown, this is a perfect spot to relax or to bring children for a much-needed playtime break.
Insider Tip: If the winter months get cold enough, the valley of the park turns into a pop-up ice skating rink!