Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let’s expand Memorial Stadium

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

KU sports in Lawrence are a big deal. KU’s men’s basketball team just won the national championship, and the football team is good, too. I’m writing this letter to convince people to support expanding Memorial Stadium, where the Jayhawks play football.

If you look at the average size of a college football stadium, Memorial Stadium seats less people than average. The average size of an NFL football stadium is about 70,000 people, and lots of college stadiums are bigger than NFL stadiums. Memorial Stadium holds a little more than 50,000 people. We should dig out the track next to the field and add a few extra rows of seats. KU would also make more money by selling more tickets.

Another option would be to raise the big TV and build the stands all the way around the field. This would make our stadium look better.

This will all affect KU’s performance on the field. It is hard for another team to come to a stadium and win with lots of fans cheering against you. The fans will also pump up the Jayhawks, so they will play better. Overall, this expansion would benefit the town and the team.

Jack Newlin,

Southwest Junior High


Omegatron 9 years, 3 months ago

The problem with removing the track is... were do you hold track and field, the kansas relays, and other similar events?

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

They are discussing building a track, and he only could put so much in the letter. There is so much history attached to that track in that stadium, I would hate to move the track someplace else.

Trobs 9 years, 3 months ago

Lets get the football crowd involved first!I went to the Texas Tech game this year and the crowd was dead. It was painful that our team didn't have the crowd drowning out the place when TT had the ball. That is a bigger support mechanism then adding a few more seats.

daddax98 9 years, 3 months ago

The problem with having the track there is that it puts the crowd too far from the field. But on any note lets have a few years of sellouts before we start talking about expansion. Now the field house go for it! I think the sprint center could house KU B-Ball for a year while we expand and modernize that place

LivedinLawrence4Life 9 years, 3 months ago

KU already has plans drawn up to remove the track from Memorial Stadium. The new "KU Olympic Village" complex that will have the track and field complex is planned for the area currently south of Allen Field House in place of some practice fields currently there. All they need is enough people to write checks and it is a done deal.

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