Regents approve $17.5 million KU basketball dorms

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a proposal to build a $17.5 million apartment complex that will house basketball players at the University of Kansas.

The proposed apartments will house up to 66 university students, with nearly half being men's and women's basketball players. It is scheduled to open just south of Allen Fieldhouse for the 2016-17 school year.

Kansas officials say the Fieldhouse Apartments will be financed by private donations and bonds, which will be paid off through rent from the apartments. The state Legislature will have to authorize the bonds.

Each apartment will have a full kitchen, living and dining rooms, with lounges on each floor, two team meeting rooms, tutoring space and a multipurpose room. Construction is not scheduled to start for another year.

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