Booth Family Hall of Athletics
The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is a 26,000-square-foot museum adjacent to the east side of Allen Fieldhouse. This facility opened in January 2006 and 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 Hall was made possible through more than $5 million in gifts and pledges from the children and grandchildren of the late Gilbert and Betty Booth, longtime Jayhawk fans and Lawrence residents.
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, KS., and their children and spouses, Stuart and Tina Berkley, Elizabeth Berkley, and Melissa and Marco Ungaschik.
The Booth Family Hall of Athletics is divided into six different exhibit areas.
Game and The Gear: This section highlights the 18 current athletic teams at KU and will focus on the recent athletes and achievements.
The Story of Sport: This area takes you on a walk through the history of Kansas Athletics, beginning in 1879 with the introduction of baseball, up to the most recent events. This section also features two Olympians cases and a case dedicated to Wilt Chamberlain.
KANSAS Experience Wall: This highlights traditions of Kansas athletics, including crimson and blue, the marching band, cheerleading, fan traditions, rivalries, and media.
Hall of Champions: This display contains many of the conference and national championship trophies, as well as the Hall of Fame wall.
Basketball Legacy: This area honors the history of basketball at Kansas. It features photos and stories about James Naismith, Phog Allen, Marian Washington, Lynette Woodard and the homes of KU basketball. The original center court floor of Allen Fieldhouse highlights this area.
The Jayhawk Walk: These two hallways lead into Allen Fieldhouse and display the retired basketball jerseys. Also displayed is the original "Beware of the Phog" banner.
This is a must-see for any Jayhawk fan or Kansas resident. There's also a beautiful gift shop located in the Hall.
Groups are welcome; you can schedule a tour by contacting the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at (785) 864-7050.
Parking: Parking is available in the parking garage just to the north of Allen Fieldhouse.