Booth Family Hall of Athletics
In Allen Fieldhouse.
In June 2005, construction began on the hall of athletics on the east face of the fieldhouse. The two-story, 26,000-square-foot facility was designed by HOK Sport+Venue+Event of Kansas City, Mo., and opened Jan. 21, 2006. It houses a hall of fame for Kansas athletes and sports, with a special emphasis on the contributions of James Naismith, inventor of basketball, KU’s first basketball coach and a longtime faculty member; and Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, KU’s great coach, who played for Naismith. The hall also includes the ticket office; www.kustore.com; and donor, alumni and recruiting meeting rooms.
It is named for the late Gilbert and Betty Booth, staunch KU supporters who lived a few blocks from the fieldhouse. More than $4 million of the $8 million cost was carried by donations from their children and grandchildren: David (1968 bachelor’s in economics, 1969 master’s in business) 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; and Mark and Jane Booth Berkley of Tescott, Kan., and their children and spouses, Stuart and Tina Berkley, Elizabeth and Pete Reininga, and Melissa and Marko Ungashick.
See also: Allen Fieldhouse