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Haskell may charge for football parking

August 18, 2007


Haskell might charge for parking

University officials say there is no official proposal on the table and add they are a long way from any decision. Enlarge video

Lawrence school leaders' ears perked up when Haskell Indian Nations University officials said they may charge for parking at high school football games.

But Ted Juneau, a consultant to Haskell President Linda Warner, said Friday there is no concrete proposal to establish a parking fee.

Juneau, however, said as part of a comprehensive review of university athletic programs, "We have to look at maximizing income."

Lawrence and Free State high schools play home games at Haskell Stadium. The district pays Haskell $3,000 per year for use of the stadium, said Rich Gammill, special operations director for the school district.

Haskell and Lawrence school officials met this week as they always do at the start of the school year.

At the meeting, Warner said she had asked Juneau to look into a possible parking fee, Juneau said. Gammill said a $5-per-car fee was mentioned.

Gammill said he was reluctant to comment on the discussion because there was no official proposal. But, he said, stopping cars to pay a fee "I believe would be a logistical nightmare for a traffic situation. Cars would be backed up to Iowa Street."

Juneau said "we are aware of the traffic situation."

He said an assessment of Haskell's athletic programs will be ready for Warner in a couple of months.

There has also been talk for years of installing artificial turf at Haskell Stadium because the field is used by three teams during football season: Haskell and the two Lawrence high schools. Participants at this week's meeting said no discussion occurred on that issue.

Supt. Randy Weseman said he needs school board approval before approaching Haskell concerning a partnership to install artificial turf.

Free State's first home game is Aug. 31 against Olathe South. LHS's first home game is Sept. 14 against Shawnee Mission North.


KS 10 years, 5 months ago

Very typical greedy move. If you need more money, raise the rent for the facility for each game. Charging for parking is an insult. If Haskel does this (parking fees), I think the next move should be to let the pavers roll. Finish the SLT. Again, how much did the consultants cost?

cowboy 10 years, 5 months ago

What other town of 100,000 doesn't have a HS school football stadium ? Short sighted mooching mentality but we have some real pretty new schools .

KS 10 years, 5 months ago

Cowboy, using Haskell is pefectly okay. This is a community and there is no sense re-inventing the wheel when the facility is available. Doing otherwise is duplication and a waste of taxpayer money. Why jump off a bridge just because someone else did?

doc1 10 years, 5 months ago

KS. Haskell Stadium is a dump and people who visit laugh at the crappy facility this so-called nice town has to offer. If there was any REAL pride for these schools they would build an up to date facility that people in this town could be proud of.

LongGoneFromLarryville 10 years, 5 months ago

Are you kidding me? A new stadium? You people don't even want to pay to have the potholes fixed. Or put up a decent library to serve this "town of 100,000".

As for the greed argument - let's contrast to other sports venues in town. Hmmmm. Hmmmm. Hmmmm. No, can't think of one that offers free parking. I do remember parking on the grass south of the fieldhouse many a time for games there. I can't outright remember if it was free or not, but I bet NOT!

Scott Morgan 10 years, 5 months ago

Just a quick correction. The story says: "The district pays Haskell $3,000 per year for use of the stadium "

I believe that is $3,000 per GAME (not year).

Leprechaunking13 10 years, 5 months ago

If a new rec center is built a stadium like topekas hummer park could be included with it, not only a football stadium but a nice field for the soccer teams too. Haskells stadium is a joke, falling apart and there's concessions and restrooms on only side of the facility

Berserk 10 years, 5 months ago

So happy to be leaving Lawrence soon, this entire town is just going to become the next Wyandotte County, and with the increase in crime every year for the last 10 years, it's not far off. More and more east Lawrence houses are going to be falling into the ground and then rented like section 8 housing. The downtown is starting to look really ragged too.

City Managers are laughable, no SLT, more Walmarts, I think KU should be running this town instead, because without KU, you don't even exist.

Peace out for sure!

Steve Jacob 10 years, 5 months ago

I think it should be like the Chiefs deal with University of Wisconsin-River Falls for training camp. Chiefs give alot of money to UW-RF, and in turn expect the money to be spent mostly on upkeep and inprovements of the facilities. So in the end, the Chiefs are happy, and the university gets improvements for cheap or free.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 5 months ago

If the school board is paying 3,000 per game, then it needs to stop the football program all together. That money should be going to education, not trying to get a few students sports scholarships to college. Too much school money goes towards sports already.

oldgoof 10 years, 5 months ago

"there's concessions and restrooms on only side of the facility" .... awwwwwwwwwww

doc1 10 years, 5 months ago

dorothyhr. That post is rediculous. Football makes loads of money. Way more than it costs. Sounds like your one of the kids that got locked in your locker too many times.

naitac 10 years, 5 months ago

No, I think the "KEY" is the $3000 per game to play there. And it's per game. Are you kidding?!? How could that possibly even cover the cost of Lights? I think the real issue here is being overlooked. The town of Lawrence should stop taking advantage of a good thing and start helping out. Haskell has, in the past, been only considerate to the town of Lawrence and it's many needs. It's time to show some consideration and return the favor. Ponying up a $5 fee to park, or possibly any other compensation from the Lawrence school district would be better than...oh, I don't know...getting kicked off of KU's stadium and having no place to play. Plus the SLT's problem's aren't caused by Haskell, where do you get your information? And figure's you'd be so pompous as to think Haskell would pay consultants only to figure out the parking situation.

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