Does Kansas Athletics pay to put the banners and flags up on Lawrence city street lights downtown? If not, who does?
City spokeswoman Lisa Patterson said the banners are a partnership among Kansas University, Kansas Athletics and the city. “Production of the welcome banners currently hanging in downtown and on the bridge was funded by KU,” Patterson said. “The basketball banners displayed earlier this year were funded by Kansas Athletics.” She said the athletics department and the city jointly funded the football banners that were hung last fall. Using transient guest tax collections, the city covers the $2,531 cost to hang the banners each season, Patterson said.