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Allen Field House

Every college basketball junkie should put Lawrence, Kansas on their "must see" list. Not only is it home to the University of Kansas Jayhawks, but a lot of basketball history crosses through Lawrence. The first basketball coach at KU was Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented the game (and he remains the only coach there with a career losing record). Phog Allen learned the game from Dr. Naismith, who in turn spawned such great coaches as Dean Smith (UNC) and Adolph Rupp (Ky).

Going to a game

During the men's baskeball season, you should come and experience what a game feels like in Allen Fieldhouse. Over 15,000 screaming, rabid fans cheering on the crimson and blue! There are always ticket scalpers outside the Fieldhouse before home games (or you could call the ticket phone at 1-800 34 HAWKS) and you can always find a ticket if you are willing to pay for it. If you go during one of the non-conference games over the winter break, seats are easier to get. Here is the online schedule:

The Phog

"Phog" Allen was their first very successful coach and started the coaching tree that traces its roots and branches through some of the best college basketball coaches of all time. The Phog is also now the name given to the mystique that surrounds Allen Fieldhouse during a home game. Over 1700 wins (in the top 5 all time) proves their role as one of the top college basketball programs.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:University Town, much culture
  • Cons:Nightlife best suited for under 25's
  • In a nutshell:the coolest town ever
  • Last visit to Lawrence: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Jul 18, 2004
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  • Jan 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Joe's Donuts, while fantastic, has been in and out of business for the last decade. Unfortunately, it now looks like it's shut down for good.

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    Jul 10, 2004 at 8:15 PM

    Great restaurant and bar tips. I have to disagree though about the "Cyclist" at the Free State - beer and lemonade don't belong together. I'll stick to the Ad Astra myself.

  • Jun 23, 2004 at 3:37 AM

    super page, lots of tips, thanks for the photos...but no Papa Kenos? :(

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