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Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence

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Allen Fieldhouse is an indoor arena on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas, United States. It is home of the Kansas Jayhawks men's and women's basketball teams. The arena is named after Phog Allen, a former player and head coach for the Jayhawks whose tenure lasted 39 years. The arena's nickname, The Phog also pays homage to Allen. Allen Fieldhouse is one of college basketball's most historically significant and prestigious buildings. 37 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament games having been hosted at the center. The actual playing surface has been named "James Naismith Court", in honor of basketball's inventor, who established Kansas's basketball program and served as the Jayhawks' first coach from 1898 to 1907.

Allen Fieldhouse has also hosted several NCAA tournament regionals, an NBA exhibition game, and occasional concerts such as The Beach Boys, Elton John, James Taylor, Sonny and Cher, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Tina Turner, Harry Belafonte, Henry Mancini, The Doobie Brothers, Kansas, and Bob Hope, as well as speakers, including former President Bill Clinton in 2004, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (which drew over 20,000) in March 1968, and anarchist Abbie Hoffman in 1970. Additional free musical performances occasionally occur during the Jayhawks Late Night In The Phog, musical artists that have performed for this include Tech N9ne, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and DIESEL. Allen Fieldhouse was the filming location for a climactic hospital scene in the 1983 ABC-TV movie The Day After, one of the most-watched made-for-TV movies of all-time.
ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena in the country. The arena broke the Guinness World Record for loudest roar on February 13, 2017, against West Virginia at 130.4 dB. The prior record of 126.4 dB at Lexington's Rupp Arena which lasted less than three weeks also had many Kansas fans present as the Jayhawks beat the #4 Wildcats 79–73 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Arrowhead Stadium, which is only 42 miles away, owns the record for loudest outdoor stadium.

Allen Fieldhouse is often considered one of the best home court advantages in men's college basketball. The Jayhawks have won over 70 percent of their games in Allen Fieldhouse, losing only a little over 100 games in its over 60-year history. Under current head coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have had three home court winning streaks over 30 games and two streaks that have reached over 50 games.
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  • As college basketball fans, this was a must stop for us. Although we aren't KU basketball fans, that didn't stop us from enjoying the tour given by a KU senior. She was terrific! The store and... 
    As college basketball fans, this was a must stop for us. Although we aren't KU basketball fans, that didn't stop us from enjoying the tour given by a KU senior. She was terrific! The store and...  more »
  • The best and loudest and most intimidating homecourt advantage in all of sports. Seeing a game at Allen Fieldhouse is liking stepping into a time machine to the 1950's. Mostly bench seating and... 
    The best and loudest and most intimidating homecourt advantage in all of sports. Seeing a game at Allen Fieldhouse is liking stepping into a time machine to the 1950's. Mostly bench seating and...  more »
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  • If I could give this place 6 stars I would. Undoubtedly the single greatest sports atmosphere I’ve ever experienced. You can’t describe it. My expectations are through the roof every time I go and each time they’re surpassed to the nth degree. Ridiculously loud, historic, and everything in between. Absolutely perfect. The best indoor arena/atmosphere on the planet. Bucket list this place, you won’t regret it.
  • Absolutely no place on Earth remotely close to it. Game days are amazing! Definitely a bucket list place to visit if you have never been here! Indescribable!

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