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KU-MU venue

Kansas University officials should take a firm stand in favor of returning the Kansas-Missouri football game to the university campuses.

March 23, 2011

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With Kansas University’s basketball season winding down to the final several weeks, sports fans soon will be turning their attention to spring football and the outlook for the Jayhawks in the 2011 season.

Hopefully, KU and Missouri officials will decide not to renew their deal to play the annual KU-MU football game in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium and will return future games to their rightful places: KU’s Memorial Stadium and MU’s Faurot Field.

It is understandable that some Kansas City leaders wanted the game in their city and Arrowhead Stadium and Kansas City Chiefs officials wanted the games played in their professional stadium.

They sold the plan on the idea it would allow more KU and MU fans to attend the game than if it was played in Lawrence or Columbia, but the real kicker was that it would bring additional dollars to Kansas City. Those living elsewhere and coming to KC would generate millions of Christmas season retail dollars, fill hotel rooms and restaurants, contribute sizable tax dollars to Missouri and provide a handsome pay day for Arrowhead Stadium through parking fees and concessions sales.

And the two schools also would receive a handsome check.

KC and Chiefs representatives had tried for years to get MU and KU officials to move the game to Arrowhead. From the outset, KU officials had said “no.” Missouri officials said they would agree to the plan as long as the Kansas City site would be counted as KU’s home game and the game would move back to Columbia when MU was the home team. It wasn’t until Robert Hemenway became KU chancellor and Lew Perkins moved into the athletic director’s office that KU acceded to the wishes of Kansas City leaders.

The most recent four-year contract to play the game in KC will end in 2012, and Kansas City leaders are sure to exert every possible pressure and tactic to continue the game at Arrowhead.

Now is the time for KU officials to stand firm and not be blinded by the promise of dollars or the possibility of using this to win friends in Kansas City. The games should be played on the campuses. Missouri officials could be pressured to play the game in Arrowhead, but KU officials should say “no.” Let the Tigers play their home game with KU in Kansas City, but the Jayhawks will play the historical KU-MU game in Memorial Stadium.

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jstthefacts 3 years ago

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

Home games are big days for local businesses. If you want those businesses to support the program, you have to reciprocate. Bring the games back to campus.

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puddleglum 3 years ago

bring the border war back to lawrence and columbia, where it freakin' belongs.

camarohead did nothing for us.

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rgh 3 years ago

We need to have our home game in Lawrence. We need that income for our businesses not in Kansas City! We also don't need half the crowd at our "home" game wearing black and gold and I'm sure they're not thrilled about having half of their "home game" being Blue and Crimson. Please bring it home and let K-State and Iowa St. play their games there.

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Heidi Stein 3 years ago

Bring it back to campus.

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cheeseburger 3 years ago

I don't presume to know how Dr. Zenger feels about this, but I'm sure he'll take a good, hard look at it. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages with either venue. Selfishly, I'd like to see the games returned to the campuses, but that doesn't take into account the financial advantages and the excitement factor of the guys being able to play at an NFL venue.

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CWGOKU 3 years ago

Move the game back to the campuses

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Kevin Randell 3 years ago

Ok, since this was an "opinion" piece, I will throw my two cents in. OU and Texas have been able to do it for decades! It does give KU fans a chance to catch a game without having to pay thousands of dollars to be apart of the Williams fund in order to get good seats. I say as long as each school get financially rewarded for hosting the game in KC I say have it. Now my only suggestion would be to not have it on Thanksgiving weekend because so many people are usually out of town on that weekend. So since we will no longer have a "Big XII" Championship game I say move it to that week.

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Steve Jacob 3 years ago

I think the new Big 12 will force schools to play a conference neutral site game so everyone can play 4 home, 4 road games every year. 5 home games is a big advantage.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years ago

Good grief, it'd be nice if you got your information correct. Chancellor Bob was in his job for years before the decision was made to move to KC. This was solely on Perkins.

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