Archive for Thursday, February 11, 2010

Statehouse Live: Location of high school football championship games focus of resolution

February 11, 2010, 9:33 a.m. Updated February 11, 2010, 9:33 a.m.


— Two legislators want the Legislature to suit up in a debate over where high school football championship games should be played.

House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe have authored House Concurrent Resolution 5030.

The resolution supports conducting a statewide statistical survey of 11-man high school football players’ families to gauge interest in utilizing the stadiums at Kansas University, Kansas State University and Wichita State University as host venues for all five of the 11-man high school football championship games. Currently, the games are played at smaller venues.

The resolution states that a survey conducted by citizen volunteers in December already shows widespread support of parents from 32 high schools across Kansas to use KU’s Memorial Stadium and K-State’s Bill Snyder Family Stadium. And the resolution says that in most states, the high school championship games are played in large stadiums.

But the Kansas State High School Activities Association has rejected the idea. In the past, KSHSAA officials have said playing the games at larger stadiums costs more and may involve more travel and lodging expenses for fans.

Under the resolution, the legislators want an independent, third-party survey of parents to gather information about whether there is support to use the stadiums at KU, K-State or WSU for championship games in two out of every four years. The costs of the survey would be paid for by “volunteer citizens.” A hearing on the resolution is scheduled for next week before the House Education Committee.

If approved, the resolution would be forwarded to the high school activities organization and the Kansas Association of School Boards.


sciencegeek 7 years, 9 months ago

Priorities, people! Your job is to work on the BUDGET, not all this trivial stuff. Or did you get bored with the discussion of rattlesnake hunting from last week?

Maybe it's time to cut the session from 90 days to 60. Then our elected representatives would concentrate on the work the people actually need them to do. Or is it that they just aren't capable of handling the tough issues, and put them off as long as they can???

braverthanu 7 years, 9 months ago

Obviously both of these idiots are republicans. What a joke. They should be ashamed of themselves...fix the budget.

ralphralph 7 years, 9 months ago

Sheez! They need to do their jobs ... their REAL jobs ... or clock-out and go home. I'm tired of paying these dillweeds to fiddle-fart around on our dime. Close the dome and go home.

riverdrifter 7 years, 9 months ago

I don't disagree geek, but the KSHAA is outmoded, ingrown and thirty years behind the times compared to similar organizations in our neighboring states. KSHAA needs to be shutdown, rebooted and dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming.

Fred Sherman 7 years, 9 months ago

What a pain (and cost) it will be to re-stripe the football fields at KU, KSU and Wichita St just for this - isn't eight man football in Kansas played on a smaller field?

"Eight-man teams also play on a smaller field--measuring 80 by 40 yards--as opposed to an 11-man field of 100 by 53 1/3 yards."

CheneyHawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Why are our legislators fiddling why Kansas is burning? We have huge revenue/school issues and they are wasting my time & money on state FB playoffs?

Let the KSHSAA figure it out - BTW, KSHSAA needs to move private schools up a class or out of playoffs for sports all together.

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