‘Late Night’ doors could open earlier than scheduled if big crowd awaits

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in Campus News, News, and Sports

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Hoping to head off crowd-control issues that plagued last year’s Late Night in the Phog, Kansas Athletics on Wednesday announced a series of changes to this year’s annual basketball renewal, set for Oct. 10.

Doors for the 6:30 p.m. event are scheduled to open at 3 p.m., but Allen Field House will open earlier “if warranted by a large-enough crowd of fans waiting to enter.”

Officers from the KU Office of Public Safety and Lawrence Police Department will have an increased presence, and Kansas Athletics pledges to “increase its communication with fans throughout the day, using social media, conventional media and on-site communication.”

Lot 90, directly east across Naismith Drive, will be available to public parking, at no charge, beginning at noon. Other lots are restricted to University permit holders until 5 p.m. Parking in the garage north of Allen Field House, which also opens to the public at 5 p.m., will be available for $5.

Admission remains free and ticketless; children 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying adult, and doors will be closed when the arena reaches capacity. In keeping with tradition, fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to Just Food of Douglas County; the organization also will solicit cash donations outside the arena.

As on game nights, KU students will enter through their dedicated entrance on the northeast side of Allen Field House. However, with construction underway on the adjacent DeBruce Center, fencing will restrict access to some sidewalks; students are encouraged to reach their entrance from the west side of the parking garage.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will oversee television production of the Late Night broadcast, which can be seen on the Jayhawk TV Network and ESPN3. KLWN Radio and 610 Sports will also provide coverage.

This year’s 30th-annual Late Night renewal will, as always, feature skits by both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, music from the KU basketball pep band, highlight videos from Rock Chalk Video, coach and player introductions, and scrimmages by both teams.

Kansas Athletics also asks that any requests for sign-language interpreting be directed to Loretta Zachary, lzachary@ku.edu, by Sept. 30.

—Chris Lazzarino

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