The best basketball games in the country
How would you like to cheer in front of deafening sellout crowds of 16,300 people? That's what it's like for every KU men's basketball game. Allen Fieldhouse is considered by many to be the best place in the country to watch a basketball game — just see the quotes below and check out a video of the fan experience.
Cheering for KU basketball will also put you in the national spotlight because we often have the most nationally televised games of any team in the country, and ESPN comes to Allen Fieldhouse most years to film College Gameday in front of the students and cheerleaders.
When the season nears it's end, the fun is just beginning. At KU, cheering at Final Fours isn't unusual, and every year we have a realistic chance of winning the national championship. Being on the floor when your team wins a national championship (like we did in 2008!) is something you'd tell your grandkids about and something very few people get to experience.
But don't take my word for it...
"Saturday night was another reminder that Phog Allen, not Cameron, is the best, loudest and most intimidating basketball arena in the country. The alma mater sound, the Rock Chalk Jayhawk chant, the swaying of the crowd, and the deafening noise at times, make The Phog a true treasure in the sport."
—Andy Katz, ESPN reporter
"I thought the atmosphere was unbelievable. I've been here before, but it's just such an unbelievable place. It has such character. I can't say I've ever been in a better arena."
—Jay Bilas, ESPN announcer
"I tell everybody there's not a place around—I know Chapel Hill, Pauley Pavilion, Cameron, you name it. They are pretty special, but there's nothing like this. All the guys who scout, I always tell them, 'You'll never have an experience like Allen Fieldhouse.' This is how a college fieldhouse is supposed to be."
—Larry Brown, former KU, UNC, UCLA, and NBA coach and Hall of Famer
"Best arena: Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas. Do you really have to ask? Few sports venues anywhere can match the tradition of Allen Fieldhouse."
—Jim Caple, ESPN, Journey to the Heart of Hoop
"Best Arena: Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas. A simply awesome basketball barn that never fails to inspire a bit of awe, especially when the sun is shining in through the end zone windows."
—Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
"Allen Fieldhouse, with its windows up on the walls and cozy size, is my favorite venue in college basketball. It has all the great atmosphere of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, with none of the pretentiousness."
—J.A. Adande, LA Times
ESPN.com Poll (at 110,000 votes)
- What is the toughest venue for visitors in college basketball?
39% Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas)
27% Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke)
11% Kohl Center (Wisconsin)
5% Rupp Arena (Kentucky)
- Where would you most want to watch a game?
42% Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas)
29% Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke)
8% Rupp Arena (Kentucky)