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Venue change OK with Jayhawks

November 19, 2007

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Kansas University's football team is treating Saturday's showdown with Missouri like another home game on the schedule.

Even if home is now across a state line.

The Jayhawks and Tigers, of course, made a much-publicized agreement in January to move the 2007 and '08 Border War games to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The first of the two-game deal is shaping up to be a dandy - No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri are a combined 21-1 this season. Both are holding onto national-title aspirations, and both feature quarterbacks in the Heisman Trophy race.

Before the deal was done, Saturday's 7 p.m. game originally was scheduled to be at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. From a competitive standpoint, it's hard to argue that at least a little edge was lost with the move, considering there could be up to 10 times as many MU fans at Arrowhead then there would have been in Lawrence.

But in the week leading up to the anticipated Border War battle, the move to Kansas City is not a decision KU officials are second-guessing.

"We have no regrets at all," associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said. "We think we'll have more fans there than we would have had in Lawrence. It's going to be a packed house at one of the NFL's premier stadiums.

"Most importantly, the kids are looking forward to playing there. They're excited about playing there."

The Jayhawks (11-0 overall, 7-0 Big 12 Conference) will keep their routine as normal as possible in preparation for Mizzou. They will practice all week in Lawrence, sleep in their own beds Friday night and make just one trip to Kansas City before the game - a Friday visit to see the stadium and get a feel for the field.

An empty Arrowhead, though, won't do it justice. The 79,451-seat venue is sold out, and the split crowd expects to be rowdy with so much on the line.

It's that type of atmosphere that has the Jayhawks looking forward to Saturday's game - not back to what could've been.

"Our kids have proven they'll play anywhere in any venue and play well and play hard," KU coach Mark Mangino said. "I'm not second-guessing it. Not at all."

Of course, there's no point to now. The deal has been done for close to a year, and KU has approached the 2007 season knowing where the last regular-season contest would be.

In KU's eyes, Memorial Stadium's work is done this year. The Jayhawks now call Arrowhead Stadium home for a week - with no regrets.

"Obviously, you'd love to be able to play at home and have your crowd behind you and have another chance to play at Memorial Stadium," KU quarterback Todd Reesing said. "But I think that the atmosphere we're going to have at Arrowhead is probably going to be unbelievable and something we're going to remember for a long time. I think it will be fun."

Comments

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 1 month ago

Turning our home game against Mizzou at this crucial time into an away game is yet another payoff by Hemenway to his KCMO masters.

First he sells out KU Hospital and the Med Center, and now our football team. What's next Bob, is the Campanille going to be sent to downtown KCMO as a tourist attraction?

Traitor.

Fire Hemenway.

djgratt59 7 years, 1 month ago

Guys, there is some serious Karma at work here. There isn't a better venue, at this moment in time, to play this game than at Arrowhead.

lildos 7 years, 1 month ago

If it wasn't for Lou Perkins, Mangino, and the turnaround they did to this program this discussion would be a lot different, because KU would probably be 3-8 right now and nobody would really care where the game would be played. The only reason this game cares and people are complaining is because now we have a shot at the NC.

Let's face it, college football is a business and Lou and his fellow are doing just that: running a business. And if this was a business, their business would be booming. So in my opinion all this talk is redundant and we are just trying to find ways to criticize a job well done.

Now I am not a native from Lawrence, so I cannot say that the move to KC for this game affects me personally. I can see how that can resonate very badly with die hard KU fans and Lawrence people, but again, this is a business and it seems like Lou and his people are doing good in that aspect.

Rock Chalk

Chris Beilman 7 years, 1 month ago

It appears that the team itself is pumped about this game at Arrowhead. It will be something that "they" will remember for the rest of their lives. I say, let's give "them" all the support that they deserve and leave the business end of the deal up to the professionals .... Go Hawks!

Alfred_W 7 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget that NEXT year - when Texas and Oklahoma return to our conference schedule and we have a tough roadie vs. South Florida - we get a breather by playing Missouri in Arrowhead again instead of in Columbia. Just looking big picture here.

Confrontation 7 years, 1 month ago

I love how the Red Lyon is now advertising a big party on Game Day. They're trying to pretend that they support the team and they're begging their customers to come back. Pathetic.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 1 month ago

Perkins was bought from UConn to come here and make money. He wangled this deal to move what has become a national event that would have been played right here in Lawrence (not Columbus, or Los Angeles or Norman or Miami or any of the other also-rans). A lot of people are lauding him as a hero. I think he is a skunk. He has corrupted college football with this lust for money. As it says in the Holy Bible, "the root of all EVIL is the love of money" Case in point, Case closed.

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