The Booth Family Hall of Athletics
NORMAL HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon.-Sat.*: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*James Naismith Court is closed to the public during practice hours, on the weekends and on Kansas Athletics office holidays.
NEARBY ROAD CONSTRUCTION
Please note that as of March 17, 2019, 19th Street from Iowa to Naismith Drive is closed to traffic for road improvements. Access to the Booth Family Hall of Athletics can be made from the south via 23rd Street to Naismith Drive. From the north, visitors can take Iowa to 15th Street to Naismith Drive.
SPECIAL HOURS OF OPERATION
Saturday, August 31: 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Monday, September 2: CLOSED for Labor Day
Saturday, September 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 21: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, October 4: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to end of Late Night
Saturday, October 5: 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 26: TBA
Saturday, November 2: TBA
Saturday, November 30: TBA
Basketball Game Days:
Due to increased security preparations, the Booth Family Hall of Athletics will close down four (4) hours prior to home men’s basketball games and two (2) hours prior to women’s home games. It will reopen for ticket holders 90 minutes before tip-off for men’s games and 60 minutes before women’s games. Please note that upon reopening, guests will need to be compliant with the Kansas Athletics Clear Bag Policy for both men’s and women’s basketball games.
ABOUT THE BOOTH HALL
The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is a 19,335-square-foot museum adjacent to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse. This facility opened in January 2006 and was expanded in 2009. It is open year-round, allowing Jayhawk fans everywhere to experience the history and tradition of Kansas Athletics. The Hall honors KU’s historic athletics programs, its coaches and student-athletes, past and present.
The original Hall was made possible through more than $5 million in gifts from the children and grandchildren of the late Gilbert and Betty Booth, longtime Jayhawk fans and Lawrence residents. Betty and Gilbert raised three children: Jane, David and Mark — in Garnett, Kansas. As the two oldest children reached high school, their parents looked to their future. Wanting them to have the opportunity to attend the University of Kansas, but knowing they could not finance lodging as well as tuition, they made a tremendous sacrifice. Leaving their long-time community connections, the Booths moved their family to Lawrence.
The family lived at 1931 Naismith Drive, just down the street from Allen Fieldhouse. Soon, Betty and Gilbert Booth developed new bonds. Kansas Athletics represented more than sporting events; it became a way of life. The Booths were proud holders of two season tickets to Allen Fieldhouse, and walks through the winter night from home to Allen Fieldhouse were treasured rituals. Sometimes the parents went together, other times parent and child, but family members were always there to cheer their beloved Jayhawks.
Booth family members who pledged 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 Berkley, and Melissa and Marco Ungaschik.
In 2009, the Hall of Athletics took on a new look as part of a $7.9 million renovation to Allen Fieldhouse. This expansion opened up the east side of the concourse and added several interactive exhibits, a basketball championship trophy case, a new reception desk and allowed space to rearrange the existing exhibits, allowing for better traffic flow. The flooring in the new area is terrazzo, matching the existing Hall of Athletics, and new accent lighting was provided in the exhibit area. A new door system was added to allow better control and definition of the Hall of Athletics on non-game days.
The Booth Family Hall of Athletics underwent a renovation in 2015 which expanded the Hall of Athletics experience. New exhibits celebrate the legendary career of iconic KU basketball coach Phog Allen and his relationship with Naismith. The second-floor northeast concourse of Allen Fieldhouse serves as a corridor leading to the DeBruce Center and an exhibit that highlights Naismith’s contributions to KU and the world through basketball, fitness and character.
The renovation also involves upgrades to the second-floor northeast concourse similar to those that were made to the first level of the Fieldhouse in 2009. In addition to the exhibits, plans included a new staircase from the Hall of Athletics to the second level of the Fieldhouse, enhanced concessions and expanded merchandising.
The DeBruce Center opened in April 2016. Naismith’s Original Rules of “Basket Ball” are the featured exhibit in this facility and were installed in May 2016.
1651 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045
Guest Services: 785/864-7050 (*Our apologies if you are unable to reach us by phone during the week of 6/11-18. We are transitioning our phone system and it may take a little time. If you are unable to reach us, please call 785/864-7966 instead. Thank you!)
FREE to the public. No food or drinks allowed.