November Madness in Chicago

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Final score: KU 94, Duke 83.

Last night’s matchup between the two basketball powerhouses felt more like March Madness than an early November game. With nearly 9,000 alumni in the metro area, plus thousands more who traveled to the game, Chicago was a mecca for Jayhawks yesterday. The KU Alumni Association’s pregame party at the West End was full all afternoon, and alumni and fans spilled over to surrounding bars.

Alumni pregame party in Chicago

Chicago wasn’t the only hotspot for Jayhawks, though. More than 20 alumni chapters and clubs held official watch parties, and many other unofficial watch parties took place. We also added several new areas to our watch party list, including Iowa City and New Orleans.

We asked fans on our Facebook page to tell us where they were watching the game; here are some of the responses we received:

  • Bagram, Afghanistan
  • Orono, Maine
  • Shanghai, China
  • Louisville
  • Rajasthan, India
  • Warrenton, Virginia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Orange County, California
  • Malaysia
  • Alaska

And, perhaps our favorite answer: “at the hospital in labor with my first born.” Now that’s a dedicated fan. Congratulations, Laura, on your future Jayhawk!

You can find a complete list of official alumni watch sites here, and a list of KU Alumni Association chapters is available here. Be sure to check your local chapter’s website frequently for a calendar of upcoming events and other announcements.

And, if you’re not receiving emails from the KU Alumni Association about watch parties and other events, make sure your alumni record is up-to-date! You can go to to register online (it’s free!) and update your profile.

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