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KU to look into ‘ways to improve’ procedures for Late Night

Kansas fans unable to enter pile up at an entrance on the north side of Allen Fieldhouse after the maximum amount had been let in for Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas fans unable to enter pile up at an entrance on the north side of Allen Fieldhouse after the maximum amount had been let in for Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

October 7, 2013

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Kansas University associate athletic director, public affairs Jim Marchiony issued a statement Monday addressing problems related to fans storming the various entrances of Allen Fieldhouse for general admission seating at Friday's Late Night in the Phog:

"We appreciate and share the concerns some have expressed about entry into Friday night's Late Night in the Phog," the statement began. "We constantly critique ourselves, looking for ways to improve how we conduct our events. Clearly the procedures Kansas Athletics has used effectively for many years at Late Night did not work effectively Friday night. As a result we will review and address all facets of the event, including communication, security, and even whether it should remain a general-admission, no-ticket event.

"Late Night is a terrific event that our fans look forward to and enjoy every year. We want to keep it that way - allowing as many fans as possible to be a part of it - while at the same time addressing what must be our Number One concern: the safety of those fans."

Marchiony said charging admission has not been discussed as an option.

The event is general admission for the most part, with about 1,000 tickets distributed for donors in the top three giving levels. Also, some seats are reserved for recruits and their families and family members of players and coaches. Tickets are given to those individuals. Marchiony did say in an interview after release of the statement that KU officials were disappointed at reports that some fans charged to the front of the line once the doors opened. A dangerous situation was created at some entrances with fans storming into the building.

"We wouldn't have to be talking about this if that behavior hadn't manifested itself. But we also have to look at how we conduct the event and make judgments going forward," Marchiony said.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 1 year, 2 months ago

"manifest itself" - When there are lots of words, of somewhat obscure usage, it usually means they haven't a clue. Maybe they should sell bleacher seats of people getting stomped, to see one and dones ; with lots of beer ; get the ESPN crew in.

airjasondj 1 year, 2 months ago

The best way to handle this awesome event is a Lottery. Pick up free lottery tickets at outlets like Ticket Office, Dillons, Hy Vee etc. No matter who is first in line or last...its number that means nothing until the drawing. Conduct lottery and winning numbers go back to outlets and redeem a ticket. All seats, ALL are GA, no more Doner reserved seats....a ticket does asssure you entry. So there can still be an line that has security and is a line not a mob. This approach was used by Garth Brooks when he sold all seats for $20 and it worked well...

Bill Moorhead 1 year, 2 months ago

I've been to 10-15 of these, but missed this year's. Have seen increasing crowd problems while waiting at entrances. With the "Wiggins Factor" this year's reports do not surprise me. Best thing I can think of is no more general admission. Of course, a few crappy recruiting classes would also "solve" the problem. But my vote is no more GA. Hey, Jim Marchiony, if you really want to vett this issue properly, get some people into your study group that have actually stood in these lines at Late Night year after year.

sciencegeek 1 year, 2 months ago

When the third person in line, who drive a long distance and waited patiently for well over an hour, didn't get in, there isn't just a big problem, there incompetence galore. No excuse for this, people!

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