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40 years ago: Fans arrive on KU campus for football opener

September 13, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 13, 1971:

  • A recent Saturday saw a swarm of activity on Mt. Oread. "Kansas University was resplendent with an early autumn radiance today as the first of some 40,000 fans expected for the football opener arrived on campus," proclaimed a front-page article. All KU parking areas near the stadium were packed with cars by mid-morning. The campus was putting on its best face for the visitors: "The waters of the Chi Omega fountain sparkled and the geraniums in front of Hoch Auditorium provided a bright red accent to the green finery along Jayhawk Boulevard.... Refurbished Memorial Stadium would be an irresistible magnet, colorfully aswarm with Big Blue fans."
  • Corn blight and other diseases were expected to cut into the average yield as the harvest got underway, but according to early estimates it was going to be a good year for sorghum. The harvest was expected to last for another six weeks.

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