Letters to the Editor

Fieldhouse slobs

January 17, 2012


To the editor:

Having recently moved to Lawrence, I was excited to be invited to join with the group from the Lutheran Student Center for their Allen Fieldhouse cleanup fundraiser after the KU-Iowa State men’s basketball game on Jan. 14. For decades I have heard about this historic, hallowed arena being such a special place, one which showcased excellent basketball, great sportsmanship and dedicated fans!

However, as we began the cleanup, I was amazed to see that these great fans were also such slobs! Spilled pop, mashed hotdog buns, pizza drippings and half-empty popcorn bags spilling on the floor filled almost every row. Is there no respect for this legendary arena? Are fans who crowd around the concession stands before the game unable to carry out their own trash at the end of the game and place it in the recycle bins or trash barrels located on each concourse? Can we not show how much we honor this beautiful place?

Sure, cleanup people need these jobs, but their work would be so much easier and quicker if the fans would take some responsibility for caring for the building. Let’s encourage each other to “clean up our act” at all the events at Allen Fieldhouse so we can be a good example to others and remain proud of this amazing venue!


Roland Gunslinger 6 years, 2 months ago

So... you've never been to a movie theater, concert venue, or sporting event (to include high school) before?

Kookamooka 6 years, 2 months ago

Ever walk through the green space near the stadium after a football game. So much trash, it's disgusting. No wonder no one wants to live that close to campus. The trash from game day blows into your yard. I agree with the letter writer. Our fans are disrespectful to their hallowed sports stadiums. When they litter public areas with no thought to other people trying to enjoy the space, it proves what I always thought about fans.

Ragingbear 6 years, 2 months ago

It's an arena where drunk frat boys go and hoot and holler for an overpaid and over privileged sports team. It's not a church. The Jayhawk is not a god.

jaywalker 6 years, 2 months ago

Come on, Audrey. You were excited to join the clean-up crew but appalled you actually had to clean up? Sure, it would be nice if most picked up after themselves, I always do regardless the venue, but then there wouldn't be any need for a clean up crew. You're there for that reason, hard to imagine you'd be shocked.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 6 years, 2 months ago

I think the point goes far beyond the field house. We live on a well traveled road. We take pride in our property. Each year we pick up trash, so our property looks good. We usually get at least two 5 gallon buckets worth, usually more.

mort 6 years, 2 months ago

Audrey is in her eighty's, a college graduate and single handily cleaned 2000 chairs. I admire her work ethic and her request for people to throw away the trash they create.

Ray March 6 years, 2 months ago

Don't sign up to be a trashman for the day if you don't want to clean up trash.

The fans respect the Fieldhouse. This is just something that everyone knows gets cleaned up after each game. When you have 16,300 screaming fans jumping up and down, the occassional popcorn is going to get spilled, hotdog stepped on, etc...

Quit whining or quit volunteering for stuff like this.

justforfun 6 years, 2 months ago

Come on, Audrey. The groups that clean the fieldhouse are have put themselves on a long waiting list to clean up. The groups get paid around $3000 a game to do this. My suggestion would be to say no thanks next time someone asks you to help.

RoeDapple 6 years, 2 months ago

I would much rather stand around and visit when I volunteer than actually do anything. Or maybe watch grass grow. Rock on Audrey!

Alceste 6 years, 2 months ago

It is NOT being slobby at all: It's job creation and it's finest.

Do NOT return your shopping cart at Dillons, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart etc. to "the space". Leave it. Create a job. Be a job creator. It's fun.

Shane Garrett 6 years, 2 months ago

Let me ask this; do fans bring rubber gloves to handle garbage? Which is what it becomes once it hits the floor no matter how it got there. So I am guessing a clean up crew comes with all the proper equipment to be a clean, clean up crew correct?! Sorry Audrey, don't complain just do a great job.

CHEEZIT 6 years, 2 months ago

"Suicide Clean up" ad above these posts? What aren't they like everybody else and just post a sign on all the right-of-way's?

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