The two-story, 26,000-square-foot facility on the east face of the fieldhouse was designed by HOK Sport+Venue+Event of Kansas City, Mo., and opened Jan. 21, 2006. It houses a hall of fame for Kansas athletes and sports, with a special emphasis on the contributions of James Naismith, inventor of basketball, KU's first basketball coach and a longtime faculty member; and Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, KU's great coach, who played for Naismith. The hall also includes the ticket office; www.kustore.com; and donor, alumni and recruiting meeting rooms.
It is named for the late Gilbert and Betty Booth, staunch KU supporters who lived a few blocks south of the fieldhouse. More than $4 million of the $8 million cost was donated by their children and grandchildren: David (1968 bachelor's in economics, 1969 master's in business) and Suzanne Deal Booth of Los Angeles and their children, Erin and Chandler; Mark and Lauren Bacich Booth of London and their children, Miles, Coco and Cyrus; and Mark and Jane Booth Berkley of Tescott, Kan., and their children and spouses, Stuart and Tina Berkley, Elizabeth and Pete Reininga, and Melissa and Marko Ungashick.
The three-story DeBruce Center, which houses Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball" and which adjoins the fieldhouse on the north, opened in July 2016.