Kansas Basketball Guide to Gameday
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Not even the best home court advantage in college basketball is immune to the challenges of navigating through construction. While the Jayhawks currently await the completion of the new DeBruce Center and McCarthy Hall, Kansas Athletics will provide updates of the best routes to Allen Fieldhouse.
No. 5 Kansas, picked to win its 11th-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title, will unofficially open the season when the Jayhawks welcome Washburn to Lawrence for an exhibition contest on Monday at 7 p.m. Before that gets underway, KU officials created and tested the following information to ensure easy maneuvering on gameday.
The student fan base is what makes the Kansas gameday experience unforgettable. With that, the student entrance remains the same as previous years, located at the northeast doors of Allen Fieldhouse. The student entrance opens two hours prior to tipoff.
However, due to the construction of The DeBruce Center, students will now line up and enter from the west rather than the east.
Access to East and South Sides of Allen Fieldhouse
Due to construction of The DeBruce Center, access from parking lots north of Allen Fieldhouse (19, 54, 72, PF) to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse, including the Booth Family Hall of Athletics and the Allen Fieldhouse Ticket office, has changed.
To access the east side of Allen Fieldhouse from lots 19, 54, and 72, fans should follow the sidewalk east along Irving Hill Road around the north side of the parking facility. Then, they should continue on the sidewalk southbound where it connects with Naismith Drive and follow south.
To access the east side of Allen Fieldhouse from the parking facility, fans should go to the northeast corner of the facility and follow the stairs to level three. From there, exit the eastward-facing doors on the third level and follow sidewalk to Naismith Drive and proceed south.
Access to North Side of Allen Fieldhouse
To access the north side of Allen Fieldhouse from the south and east, fans should follow the sidewalk on Naismith Drive north and around the north side of the parking facility on Irving Hill Road until the sidewalk meets on the east side of lot 72. Then, fans can follow that sidewalk south until they reach the north side of Allen Fieldhouse.
With the increase in Kansas men’s basketball season ticket sales this year, along with season parking permits, public parking will be limited around Allen Fieldhouse for the 2014-15 season. Unlike previous years, there will be no toll parking available in Lot 90 or 112 this season.
To accommodate the change for fans, the Park and Ride Shuttles are a convenient alternative. Those shuttles begin two hours prior to tipoff, run from stop No. 3 in Lot 301 to just off 23rd Street and Crestline. Both parking and the shuttle are free of charge. Return trips begin with four minutes remaining in the game and will end 30 minutes following the game.
In addition, ADA accessible stalls are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $25 with a valid ADA accessible placard or tag in lots 54, 71, 72 and the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage. For more information about parking at Allen Fieldhouse on game days, please call 785.864.3946.
In 2013, the Kansas Department of Transportation identified finishing the linkage of K-10 as a freeway to I-70 as a vital necessity to providing a better transportation system between Manhattan, Topeka, Lawrence and Johnson County. With that construction underway, K-10 entering and exiting Lawrence has been cut down to single-lane traffic. Fans are advised to allow for extra driving time and/or take I-70 as an alternate route.
With 212-consecutive sellouts to its credit, KU basketball is often seen as a waiting-list type of experience. While Kansas does enjoy its sold-out status, the ticket office does keep walk-up tickets available to fans as often as possible. Meaning, fans can still get tickets for games in 2014-15. Call 800.34.HAWKS or 785.864.3141 for more information.
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