Late Night 2017 officially set for Sept. 30

Kansas guard LaGerald Vick runs out to the court as the team is introduced during Late Night in the Phog on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas officials announced Friday afternoon the official date of Late Night in the Phog 2017.

As had been expected by fans and recruits alike, the 33rd annual season tip-off event will take place Sept. 30 and will feature a variety of activities beginning at 10 a.m. and running through the on-court basketball fun slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Doors will open for Late Night at 4:30 p.m. for KU students and 5 p.m. for the general public. Parking is free on campus except for in the parking garage north of Allen Fieldhouse.

Late Night again is free to all fans, who are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or monetary donations, which Kansas Athletics will donate to Just Food of Douglas County.

This year’s Late Night will feature many of the same events that KU fans have come to love. In addition to scrimmages from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, members of both squads will participate in skits leading up to game time.

Before that, Late Night will feature music by the KU pep band, routines from KU's spirit squad and dance teams, video highlights from KU's award-winning Rock Chalk Video department and coach and player introductions

For the third-straight year, two fans will have the opportunity to win $10,000 from KU coach Bill Self by making a half-court shot at Late Night. In each of the last two Late Nights, Director of Basketball Operations Brennan Bechard has taken and made the shot on behalf of one of the participants.

Spectrum Sports will handle the television production of Late Night, which can be seen live on the Jayhawk TV Network, including ESPN3. Brian Hanni and Greg Gurley will serve as hosts.

A few noteworthy additions to this year’s event include:

• KU’s recently adopted clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors will be in effect.

• KU and Lawrence public safety personnel will have an increased presence.

• KU’s social media accounts will have updates throughout the day in case of any time changes.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Phog Festival will unfold on the lawn in front of Allen Fieldhouse and will feature a variety of activities for all fans to enjoy leading up to Late Night, including a Family Fun Zone, a mobile video board and a live DJ. The festival will also include food trucks, giveaways, interactive displays and much more throughout the day.

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Joe Ross

What's the "line situation" going to be like? I really didnt like the setup last year. Hundreds of people simply cut through the snaking rope-boundary.

2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Fred Whitehead Jr.

Hey!! Kansas University!! It is FOOTBALL season......you know.......those balls with points on the ends??

Where is the gigantic pre-season orgy for the Kansas football team??

You jump the gun with this gigantic orgy for the collection of pre NBA prospects that usually bombs out in the national NCAA tournament in the fall.

Where is the university support for the football team?.........Huh??

2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Joe Ross

Youre too far gone.

1. There is overlap in the basketball and football seasons. There is preseason coverage of both football AND basketball. News about the spring game doesnt just start the day before the spring game. Why should basketball be any different?

2. In terms of support for the football team, we dont disagree that they should be supported. But if you think that human psychology would allow fan interest to be even between a football team that is among the worst performing in all of Division I and a basketball team that is among the best performing, then there's no logic that will reach you.

3. With football and basketball, it's not like you are forced to choose which team you will support. Its not like we have to stop the presses on news about basketball in order to have fans interested in football. I am interested in both, and I see no need to censor news about either on the basis of fan support.

4. The fan interest in football has been building, which is more than reasonable given the stellar seasons we've had of late. Still you see the optimism. Try being thankful?

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Tim Orel

Fred also appears to think March Madness happens in the fall.

2 months, 3 weeks ago

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