Kansas Athletics Celebrates First Anniversary of Booth Family Hall of Athletics

Jan. 11, 2007


Kansas Athletics next week celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. Located in Allen Fieldhouse, the Hall celebrates the deeply rooted history of Kansas Athletics.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Since its opening on January 21, 2006, the Hall of Athletics has welcomed more than 27,000 visitors (excluding basketball game attendance). To mark the anniversary, a short video clip will be shown during the men’s basketball game against <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Missouri on Monday, Jan. 15. Longtime Jayhawk broadcaster Max Falkenstien will be in the Hall to sign autographs prior to the 8 p.m. tipoff.

“The Booth Family Hall of Athletics celebrates the accomplishments of the thousands of student-athletes and coaches that have made Kansas Athletics the special family that it is,” said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “We have enjoyed receiving the positive reactions of so many fans who have experienced the thrill of walking through the Hall.”

The Hall of Athletics was made possible through more than $5 million in gifts and pledges from the children and grandchildren of the late Gilbert and Betty Booth – longtime Jayhawk fans and Lawrence residents. “Kansas Athletics is indebted to the Booth family,” Perkins said, “for enabling us to honor our heritage and bring it to life. The entire University is very proud of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.”

Normal hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a guided group tour call (785)864-7446.