Booth Family Hall of Athletics

1651 Naismith Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045

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.

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See also: Allen Fieldhouse