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Coordinates: 38°57′15.5″N 95°15′8.62″W / 38.954306°N 95.2523944°W / 38.954306; -95.2523944

Allen Fieldhouse is an indoor arena at the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence, Kansas. The arena, named in honor of Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, who coached the university's men's basketball team for 39 years, is one of college basketball's most historically significant and prestigious buildings. The actual playing surface is the James Naismith Court, honoring the inventor of basketball who established Kansas' basketball program and served as its first coach from 1898 to 1907. Since the opening of Allen Fieldhouse in 1955, the Jayhawks have a home record of 651-106 (.860). Since February 20, 1994, the Jayhawks have lost only 12 regular season games in Allen Fieldhouse, a 238-12 record (.952) through March 3, 2010. The Jayhawks have won their last 61 at home, currently the longest streak in D-1 and the second longest in the history of the storied program behind a streak of 62 straight from Feb. 1994 until Dec. 1998. Current Jayhawks Head Coach Bill Self is 114-6 (.950) in the historic structure, keeping up the tradition of Allen being one of the hardest places for opponents to play in the country. And if their home record doesn't scare an opposing team, the noise level will. On November 4th, 2010, ESPN The Magazine named Allen Fieldhouse the loudest college basketball arena in the country.

Allen Fieldhouse was dedicated on March 1, 1955 when the Jayhawks defeated their in-state rival, the Kansas State Wildcats, 77-67. Since then renovations have included minor seating expansions in 1986 and 1994, as well as accessibility upgrades in 1999 to modernize concession stands and restroom facilities, and to install an elevator in the south end. Handicapped seating was moved courtside behind both baskets in 2001.

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