Phog Festival to start Late Night activities Oct. 1

Late Night in the Phog
Saturday, Oct. 1

Timeline of Events:
Phog Festival: 10 AM – 3PM
Student doors open: 5 PM
Public doors open: 5:30 PM

3 on 3 Championship:
Women’s: 5:45 PM
Men’s: 6:05 PM

Late Night in the Phog: 6:30 PM 

Participating Vendors:
Polar Oasis
Lucia’s Caribbean cuisine
Salty Iguana
Debruce Center
Coffee Cake KCLAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas’ Late Night in the Phog presented by Hy-Vee is a basketball tradition like no other, signaling the official start of KU’s hoops season. The 32nd annual Late Night is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. This year’s activities begin at 10 a.m. with a Phog Festival on the front lawn of historic Allen Fieldhouse.
The Phog Festival will have many activities for all fans to enjoy leading up to Late Night, including a Family Fun Zone, radio remotes, a mobile video board and a live DJ. The festival will also include food trucks, giveaways, interactive displays and much more throughout the day.
Doors open for Late Night at 5 p.m. for KU students and 5:30 p.m. for the general public; the program will start at 6:30 p.m. Kansas Athletics will take extra steps to ensure the fun and safety of all attending fans Late Night including:

  • KU and Lawrence Public Safety personnel will provide an increased presence.
  • Kansas Athletics will open the Allen Fieldhouse entrances early if warranted by a large-enough crowd of fans waiting to enter.
  • Kansas Athletics will increase its communication with fans throughout the day, using social media, conventional media and on-site communication.
  • As on game nights, KU students will enter through their customary separate entrance on the northeast side of Allen Fieldhouse. 
    Though all parking lots are free, fans are encouraged to park south of Allen Fieldhouse in lots 71, 90, 125 and 127 due to  a concurrent on-campus event. Lower levels of the parking garage just north of Allen Fieldhouse will be reserved with the upper levels open to the public for a fee.

As is the tradition at Late Night, fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which Kansas Athletics will donate to Just Food of Douglas County. Nonperishable food and monetary donations will be accepted throughout the day supporting Just Food.

After the doors have opened, the championship games of the 3-on-3 Tournament will be played inside Allen Fieldhouse. The tourney will be held the week leading up to Late Night with women’s and men’s divisions. Only current KU students are eligible to participate;  the competition starts the week of Late Night at the Ambler Student Recreation Center on the KU campus. KU head basketball coaches Bill Self and Brandon Schneider will present trophies to the winners during Late Night.
The entry fee for the 3-on-3 Tournament is $25 per team and includes a 3-on-3 T-shirt plus a reserved seat at Late Night for each team member. Proceeds from the 3-on-3 Tournament will go to Coaches vs. Cancer. The event is presented by the Williams Fund U, KU Recreation Services, the KU Student Alumni Association and KU Student Union Activities. Students can register at
Late Night in the Phog will feature music by the KU pep band, routines from KU’s cheer and dance teams, skits by both basketball teams, video highlights from KU’s award-winning Rock Chalk Video department, coach and player introductions, scrimmages by the KU men’s and women’s teams and much more.

For the second-straight year, one female and one male will have the opportunity to win $10,000 from Coach Self by making a half-court shot at Late Night. Last year, KU Director of Basketball Operations Brennan Bechard made the shot for a male fan who happened to be a KU student.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will oversee the television production of Late Night, which can be seen live on the Jayhawk TV Network, including ESPN3. Brian Hanni and Greg Gurley will serve as hosts.
Requests for Sign Language Interpreting during Late Night festivities should be directed to Lorretta Zachary at Requests must be submitted to Zachary no later than Friday, Sept. 23. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.