Count Lawrence city commissioners among those unhappy about Kansas University's decision to move its home football game against Missouri to Arrowhead Stadium.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to send a letter to the Kansas University athletic department expressing displeasure about this year's game leaving KU's Memorial Stadium.
"I think it is something that has created a lot of angst," Commissioner Sue Hack said. "I don't think that is the direction we're trying to go in our town-gown relationship."
Mayor Mike Amyx at the end of Tuesday's meeting suggested writing the letter. He said he thought the timing of the decision was horrible because the game is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.
"This is the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and we're asking people who normally would be in downtown Lawrence or other parts of the community to go out of town," Amyx said.
Commissioner Mike Rundle said he also was disappointed by the decision. He said he recognized the importance of KU to the community but said it needed to be remembered that it was a "mutual relationship."
"I think we could think of many city services that the university enjoys as well," Rundle said.
Amyx said he had met with members of the KU athletic department and was assured by its leaders that it was a tough decision to pull the game from Lawrence.
KU leaders on Monday announced that the 2007 game, a KU home game, and the 2008 game, a Missouri home game, will be played at Arrowhead in Kansas City, Mo. The deal guarantees each school a $1 million payout for each of the two games.
"I think we have to say something about this," Amyx said. "I think this is a huge loss to the community. This idea just didn't work for me at all. I think tradition is worth a million bucks."
Amyx said he plans to send the letter this week.