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Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence

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Allen Fieldhouse is an indoor arena on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas. It is home of the Kansas Jayhawks men's and women's basketball teams. The arena is named after Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, a former player and head coach for the Jayhawks whose tenure lasted 39 years. Allen Fieldhouse is one of college basketball's most historically significant and prestigious buildings. 37 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament games having been hosted at the center. The actual playing surface has been named "James Naismith Court", in honor of basketball's inventor, who established Kansas's basketball program and served as the Jayhawks' first coach from 1898 to 1907.

Allen Fieldhouse has also hosted several NCAA tournament regionals, an NBA exhibition game, and occasional concerts such as The Beach Boys, Elton John, James Taylor, Sonny and Cher, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Tina Turner, Harry Belafonte, Henry Mancini, The Doobie Brothers, Kansas, and Bob Hope, as well as speakers, including former President Bill Clinton in 2004, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (which drew over 20,000) in March 1968, and anarchist Abbie Hoffman in 1970. Allen Fieldhouse was the filming location for a climactic hospital/hospice scene in the 1983 ABC-TV movie "The Day After," one of the most-watched television programs in American history.
ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena in the country. The arena broke the Guinness World Record for loudest roar on February 13, 2017, against West Virginia at 130.4 dB. The prior record of 126.4 dB at Lexington's Rupp Arena which lasted less than three weeks also had many Kansas fans present as the Jayhawks beat the #4 Wildcats 79–73 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Arrowhead Stadium, which is only 42 miles away, owns the record for loudest outdoor stadium.

Allen Fieldhouse is often considered one of the best home court advantages in men's college basketball. The Jayhawks have won over 70 percent of their games in Allen Fieldhouse, losing only a little over 100 games in its over 60-year history. Under current head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have had three home court winning streaks over 30 games and two streaks that have reached over 50 games.

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  • There is a parking garage with direct access to the fieldhouse (second floor). The problem is, you have to know where the payment kiosk is (first floor) because there are no signs to tell you that...  more »
  • This is a bucket list venue. Watching the Jayhawks in this place is special. There's NO place like Allen Fieldhouse.......but Beware of the Phog.....Rock Chalk Jayhawks!  more »
  • Number 1 arena in College Basketball! There's no place like it. The atmosphere will blow your mind. Unforgettable experiences!
  • Big OU fan! But to watch a game here was historic. Fans that we interacted with were great (I had my 6 year old son). It was very loud and impressive (which I like), but I would say the speakers had some to do with that. Only thing is I’d be sure to arrive early as it is old bench seating to save your seats from being cramped or “pushed” over a bit.

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