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Thousands of KU basketball fans pack Wichita East for first stop on barnstorming tour

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When he was 8 years old, Lane Stanberry didn’t show up early enough among the thousands of KU fans in Wichita hoping to secure an autograph from the seniors on the 2008 national championship team. The Wichita native didn’t make the same mistake again. Stanberry was first in line at Wichita East High School on Saturday for the first event to kick off KU’s 2022 national championship barnstorming tour, showing up at 7:30 a.m. when the doors didn’t open until 1:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. "I’ve been a KU fan since I was a little kid and I love these barnstorming events because of the access and being able to meet the people you root for and watch the entire year," Stanberry said. "When they announced that all but one of the players were going to be here, I was shocked. I bought tickets immediately. I was not going to miss something like this. How many chances are there going to be like this to have almost the entire team here?" Stanberry was one of an estimated 3,000 fans who waited in line for hours in the 80-degree heat, hoping to get a small piece of memorabilia signed by their favorite Jayhawks. The line of general admission ticket-holders was so long that it wrapped all around the side of East High School and extended clear back to the intersection of Douglas and Grove. UK citizens who want to watch Rugby World Cup live online free can opt for ITV. All 48 matches can be streamed on ITV's TV Player.