KU's Booth Family Hall of Athletics Opens its Doors Friday Evening

Jan. 20, 2006

Kansas Athletics’ new Booth Family Hall of Athletics officially opened Friday evening in a small ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Hall, adjacent to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse, will open Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for those who have tickets to that afternoon’s KU-Nebraska men’s basketball game. The doors to the Fieldhouse will open for the game at 1:30 p.m. The game tips off at 3 p.m. Admission to the Hall is free.

The Hall will open again the next day, Sunday, only to ticket holders for that day’s women’s basketball game between Kansas and Oklahoma State. Game time is 1 p.m. Doors to the Hall and the Fieldhouse will open at 11:30 a.m.

The Hall will open for the general public starting Monday, January 23. Initially, hours for the Hall will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Booth Family Hall of Athletics honors KU’s historic athletics programs, its coaches and student-athletes, past and present. The facility contains more than 26,000 square feet of Kansas Athletics history.

The Hall 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 will honor the Booth families at halftime of Saturday’s KU-Nebraska men’s basketball game.

Booth family members pledging their support to the Hall are David and Suzanne Booth of Los Angeles, and their children, Erin and Chandler; Mark and Lauren Bacich Booth of London, and their children, Miles, Coco and Cyrus; Mark and Jane Booth Berkley of Tescott, Kan., and their children and spouses, Stuart and Tina Berkley, Elizabeth and Pete Reininga, and Melissa and Marco Ungaschik.