Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Soccer team breaks in new LHS football field

Lawrence High School's soccer team played its first game on the school's new field. The Lions won the game.

September 2, 2009


The Lawrence High School boys soccer team opened its home season Tuesday night in a new — yet incomplete — stadium.

City inspectors have been working with the district’s contractors this week to make sure certain items were complete so they could issue the school a temporary occupancy permit for the new football stadium, which was pressed into use for soccer because that field’s completion has been delayed by weather.

Some of the football stadium’s must-have items include restrooms, a hard surface with access to bleachers and a concrete road for emergency vehicles. Orange fences block off construction areas.

“All those things we would have to have done anyway,” said Frank Harwood, the district’s chief operations officer. “At this point, we know what can be done and what can’t be done and concentrate on the things we have to have done.”

Temporary fencing has also been put in on the bleachers because some handrails haven’t been installed yet.

Talks also are continuing with the Centennial neighborhood residents. The latest discussions have been focused on landscaping. The original settlement required that all planting be done by the first game, but Harwood said that would have been detrimental to the landscaping.

“Survival rates would have been pretty bad even with the weather we’ve been having,” Harwood said. “We’re looking at coming up with a plan and then planting the things when they make the most sense to plant.”

Harwood said that right now 1,800 seats are available on the home side and that number could be up to 2,400 by Friday, when the Lions will take on Shawnee Mission North. The visitors’ bleachers are not completed.

While the site might not be done, the district is sure of one thing.

“Friday night we’ll be ready for a football game,” Harwood said.


dougmarshall 8 years, 8 months ago

I will refrain from dogging on soccer so much because at least some kids get to participate in something. It is very funny to me that futbal is played on a football field, not a soccer field. Bottom line: without American football, there wouldn't be enough itnerest to build a field, let alone a nice stadium.

Jake Esau 8 years, 8 months ago

Apparently you've spent too much time watching 8 year olds play. I've been a high school soccer referee for five years, and those games can be a lot more exciting than you might think if you've never watched them before. There's a reason the rest of the world plays it.

And... one advantage of watching soccer on TV... no commercials ;-)

hail2oldku 8 years, 8 months ago

There are quite a few concussions in soccer as well dried one. In fact some studies put it on par with football, just not identified as often since soccer is considered a non-contact sport (As on official, Jake could attest to the contrary on that.)

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

Relax and have a popsicle, dried. It's a cool and fruity treat on a summer day.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 8 months ago

Didn't Marion promise on behalf of Cool-Spiderman-Driedoregano to have a new lawyer hired and have that looser of a lawsuit reopened? It was going to be another "slam-dunk," dontcha know.

Just more lies from two of the forums finest liars.

fixx25 8 years, 8 months ago

Yea, Donald you could take your taxpayer money from the soccer fields and go buy some more liquor to enhance your irrelevant comments. Move to a non-taxing authority if you don't like it. There is a reason that soccer (futbol) is the "worlds" sport...anyone can play, and it is fun to play and watch. Of course, then you'd have to get off your bum and actually do something instead of mindlessly blog. is just you. I played in the 1970's and there wasn't an immigrant in Iowa....and it is not immigrants that are pushing the sport. They often don't have the money to pay the fees for organized soccer in our community.

But then again, any sport is good if it gets our kids off the couch to exercise, lest they become D. Gilchrist.

fixx25 8 years, 8 months ago

Roger, I enjoy gardening too, but I don't make erroneous comments about those that don't. And for the record, I meant that there were not immigrants on my teams. FYI, I played soccer from 3rd grade through college (had a scholarship for college) and am a licensed coach....and still no immigrants. Maybe they are weeding your garden?

lildos 8 years, 8 months ago

Wow, a talk about soccer is getting pretty personal here. fixx25 has two great points. One, soccer is a great sport because anyone can play. All you need is something that resembles a ball and some space. That is why it is so popular and that is why you always see kids playing in any country, be it Brazil, Iraq, Afghanistan, or even here. It is one of the most "democratic" sports in the world.

Second, you will probably not see "illegal immigrants" playing in the ever so growing soccer leagues here in the US because it does cost a whole lot of money. The sport has been growing especially among middle class Americans (soccer moms anyone? I don't think this term was used to describe women working in factory plants for 2 buck an hour...). Look at the American national team.

Let's also not forget that conflating the term undocumented migrants with the always big Latino population of the US is more than problematic. The US National Team has some players that are Latinos, but that doesn't mean that they are "illegal."

Liking a sport is a matter of opinion. I for one, don't get baseball and golf, but I don't go around making fun of these sports and calling for less funding for the kids that practice such sport. So donald, go ahead and keep riding your bike and maybe stop in blogs, because if you wanna charge soccer as criminally boring, I want to charge you as being criminally idiotic.

maxcrabb 8 years, 8 months ago

I don't know which is more disappointing,

The lack of actual reporting on the game results,

Or the huge amount of hating on high school kids playing soccer...

How old are all of you? Pathetic.

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