Friday, April 23, 2010

Downtown festivities to accompany KU game

Sidewalk sales, buskers and kids zone will join Saturday’s football event


Past Event

2010 KU football spring game

  • Saturday, April 24, 2010, 1 p.m.
  • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, 11th and Fambrough, Lawrence
  • Not available


The way downtown Lawrence merchants see it, there’s no reason football needs to be big business just during the fall.

Downtown merchants on Saturday will make a play for increased business related to Kansas University’s spring football game — which begins at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium — with sidewalk sales, buskers and a kids zone.

“The spring game is a big event for a lot of schools,” said Jane Pennington, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. “It makes perfect sense for it to be a big deal here.”

Among the activities slated for downtown on Saturday:

• Merchants will be allowed to display and sell merchandise on the downtown sidewalks throughout the day.

• Buskers and musicians will be performing in front of the US Bank Tower building at Ninth and Massachusetts streets before and after the game.

• Hy-Vee will sponsor a kids zone that features inflatable playground equipment from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a section of Eighth Street immediately west of Massachusetts. The section of street, which stretches to the alley between Massachusetts and Vermont, will be closed to traffic.

• Free parking will be available at the Ninth and New Hampshire parking garage on Saturday, and free bus service from downtown to Memorial Stadium also will be provided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the events downtown, a kids zone and a free bike helmet giveaway will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. just outside Memorial Stadium.

The game, which will be the first for new coach Turner Gill, is free for the public to attend.


Topcitykid10 10 years, 11 months ago

Yeah and there are going to be alot of drunker kids on Mass becuase bars open at 9, wish I could be there.

10 years, 11 months ago

If they have a dunk tank with Mangino as the propped-up prize, I am so there...

Jayhawk1116 10 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, leikness, I agree. I hate to sound dumb, but what's a busker???

overseashawk 10 years, 11 months ago

A busker is a street musician or act. Where I live there's people who busk on the main pedestrian street. Mostly it's just guys with guitars but every once in a while there's bagpipers and drum ensembles. They always have a tip jar present as well.

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