Kansas Athletics to Host Final Four Watch Party at Allen Fieldhouse


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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Athletics invites fans to watch Kansas’ Final Four matchup against Villanova on Saturday live from Allen Fieldhouse in an exclusive watch party presented by Truity Credit Union.

Doors open at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, ahead of No. 1 seed Kansas meeting No. 2 seed Villanova in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at 5:09 p.m. CT. Admission to the watch party is free and concessions will be made available on the first and second levels of Allen Fieldhouse.

Parking lots surrounding Allen Fieldhouse will be open for fans and free of charge. Kansas Athletics’ clear bag policy will remain in effect to enter Allen Fieldhouse.

Saturday’s showdown against Villanova will be Kansas’ 16th all-time appearance in the NCAA Final Four and fourth under head coach Bill Self. Kansas claimed its 13th NCAA Midwest Region Tournament title with a 76-50 win over No. 10-seed Miami on Sunday, March 27, in Chicago.

With the Sweet 16 win over Providence, Kansas became the winningest program in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history, and the Jayhawks are currently holding 2,355 all-time wins. Kansas enters the Final Four with NCAA Tournament wins over No. 16 seed Texas Southern (83-56), No. 9 Creighton (79-72), No. 4 Providence (66-61) and No. 10 Miami (76-50).

Season tickets for the 2022-23 Kansas Basketball season are on sale now. Click here to purchase or visit the ticket office table inside Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday located in the Booth Hall of Athletics to get more information.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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