Late Night in the Phog set for Oct. 1 in Allen Fieldhouse

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:12 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Jayhawk Basketball fans will gather for the 37th annual Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse on Oct. 1, 2021.

The University of Kansas says KU Athletics will host the 37th annual Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1, and after going virtual for the 36th year, will be back in Allen Fieldhouse.

“One thing about last year’s pandemic was it took away from fans being able to attend events but it also took away some fun opportunities for us too,” KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self said. “We probably tip off the season as well as anybody in America with Late Night in the Phog and we are glad it will be back. It will be the first chance for our fans to see the large number of newcomers that we feel is a terrific recruiting class.”

According to KU, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 36th Late Night in the Phog was held virtually from Allen Fieldhouse but will return to host the 2021 event in person. It said Late Night started in 1985 and features music from the KU pep band, routines from the spirit squad and dance teams, skits by the men’s and women’s basketball teams, video highlights from the Rock Chalk Video department, coach and player introductions, scrimmages and more.

“We could not be more excited for the return of Late Night in the Phog,” KU women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider said. “This annual kick-off for the basketball season is something our players greatly look forward to participating in. We can’t wait to see Allen Fieldhouse back to full capacity.”

KU said for the players who act, dance and take part in the scrimmage in front of 16,300 fans, the event is the best way to kick of the season and begin official practices. But before teams start to focus on the game, it said Late Night gives fans a preseason look at the program. It said recruits, former players and coaches gather from around the country to return to the home of their college basketball roots.

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