Allen Fieldhouse East? Shawnee Jayhawk builds a KU dream garage

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Alumni News and News

The exterior of Rory Ramsdell's KU garage, which is a replica of Allen Fieldhouse on the inside.

It looks like a normal garage from the outside. Maybe it’s to keep the neighbors happy.

Inside, though, Rory Ramsdell’s two-year project of the ultimate KU garage is complete. His daughters now park in the middle of Allen Fieldhouse.

The big build

“I’ve envisioned this for a long time,” said Ramsdell, e’93. “I wanted to build a multipurpose garage with a gym atmosphere.”

The Shawnee resident built the entire building himself. Ramsdell drew on his experience as a mechanical engineer to design the structure, and he tried his hand at amateur photography for the Fieldhouse photos. He printed large sizes of the photos to cover the walls.

Highlights of the project include a programmable scoreboard, lockers for each family member, a TV for watch parties, and a ceiling covered in hand-sewn banners.

The Ramsdells loves hosting friends and family in the garage to watch games and entertain. Pickup games are also known to break out; there’s a hoop, plenty of balls in the lockers, and court lines painted on the concrete floor.

KU ties

Allen Fieldhouse is special to plenty of Jayhawks, but Ramsdell put in time there as a student behind the scenes.

“I played baseball at KU, and my student work-study program was to do the baseball team laundry, which at the time was in the Fieldhouse. So I was there late at night doing laundry and homework, and sometimes the basketball players would ask me to rebound, maybe play 3 on 3 with them.”

Rory’s love for KU is matched by his family, especially with his daughter Raegan starting at KU in the fall.

“I’m really excited for her future, and hope she has as good of a time as I did as a student.”

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If this story seems familiar, that’s because it is: KU fans love to pay tribute to the nation’s best home court! If you have a KU fan room of your own, send pictures to share@kualumni.org.

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