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Houses of the Enemy - Allen Fieldhouse

In this week's Stadium Series, Jonathan takes a look at the historic basketball arena in Lawrence, Kansas

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There aren't too many sports meccas. The Bell Centre for hockey, Wrigley Field for baseball, Lambeau Field for football, and Wembley Stadium for soccer/football and rugby. But as for college basketball, Allen Fieldhouse has to be at the top of many lists for diehard fans. As home to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball teams for 60 years, more than 5 million spectators have watched a basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Consistently ranked as one of the toughest and loudest arenas to play in, a crowd at a 2004 game against Georgia Tech was able to maintain noise levels of 90-100 decibels, peaking at 122. In the past 25 years, the Jayhawks men's team has gone 353-26, which includes an 18-0 year in 2008 and a streak of 62 straight wins from 1994-1998. The Red Raiders have not won in Lawrence during the history of the Big 12.

The Allen Fieldhouse is named after Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, a coach for the Jayhawks for 39 seasons. During his tenure as head coach, Kansas won 24 conference titles and 3 national championships. With 590 wins, he is ranked 1st all-time in wins as a coach in Lawrence. The floor itself is named "James Naismith Court", and there are currently plans to have the original document of the 13 Rules of Basketball housed in an attached building to the arena.

Interesting Tidbits

  • The first game was played on March 1, 1955, a 77-66 victory over Kansas State
  • Capacity of 16,300
  • Over 4,000 seats are reserved for KU students
  • Has been the host of 37 NCAA Tournament games
  • Since 1984, has exclusively been the home of the men's and women's basketball teams
  • Kansas has retired the jerseys (but not the numbers) of 27 players and 1 announcer, including Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, and Paul Pierce