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Oklahoma columnist on Allen Fieldhouse: ‘a basketball experience at its best’

Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman wasn’t planning to be at Monday night’s game between the Sooners and Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse.

But Tramel was given the opportunity to hop a flight to Lawrence if he wanted. He quickly agreed.

“And it all comes down to this: Never turn down a chance to see a game in Allen Fieldhouse,” Tramel wrote.

Tramel recounted in a blog post how the trip made for a crazy, fun and unexpected day.

“Quick life advice: Never turn down a chance to see the Jayhawks play in Allen Fieldhouse,” Tramel reiterated. “It’s my favorite American sporting venue. I’ve been writing about it for 25 years. ... It’s a gorgeous old place, built in 1955, with a big-gymnasium feel that hasn’t been lost all these decades later, complete with an adjacent basketball museum honoring the likes of James Naismith, Phog Allen and Wilt Chamberlain. What football means to OU, basketball means to KU, except Amos Alonzo Stagg and Pop Warner didn’t have extensive Sooner ties.”

Tramel got a seat on a private plane flying Sooners fans to Lawrence for their first game at Allen Fieldhouse. While the Jayhawks thumped Oklahoma 104-74, the Sooners fans were glad to have made the trip.

“Our traveling party reconvened on the court several minutes after the game,” Tramel wrote. “The guys were disappointed at the outcome but thrilled by the experience. Watching a game at Kansas is a basketball experience at its best.”

You can read more of what Tramel wrote here.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff