The University of Kansas and men’s basketball Coach Bill Self are encouraging fans to celebrate safely while enjoying the Final Four games of the NCAA tournament.
Ads, posters and fliers that are being distributed throughout campus and downtown Lawrence bear a message from Self: “The nation is watching; let’s show some class. Jayhawks celebrate safely.”
In addition, Self sent an e-mail to students, faculty and staff thanking them for their support and encouraging safe celebrations.
Here is the text of the e-mail:
“Dear Jayhawk fans:
Thank you for all your fantastic support again this year. Jayhawk fans are truly the greatest and there is no place better to play basketball than Allen Fieldhouse — although San Antonio on Saturday will be close!
We wish you all could be with us Saturday, but we know you will be there in spirit. No matter where you are, please look out for each other, know your own limits and be safe.
Show the world that Jayhawks are class acts on and off the court! Celebrate safely.
Fans will have the opportunity to watch KU’s Final Four game on the video board at Allen Fieldhouse. For Saturday’s national semifinal contest against North Carolina, the south and east entrances of Allen Fieldhouse will open at 7 p.m. Tip-off will be approximately 7:50 p.m. from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Should the Jayhawks defeat the Tar Heels, Allen Fieldhouse will open Monday at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:15 start of the national championship game. The KU pep band and the mascots will be on hand at both events. The fieldhouse will close each night immediately after the games are over.