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Do you think Lawrencians should boycott KU football games played in Kansas City?

Asked at Asked on Massachusetts Street on September 22, 2007

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“Of course, Lawrence needs the revenue. If the town is going to support the university, they should support the town by keeping the games here.”

Photo of Samantha Scott

“I would prefer that the games be kept in Lawrence, but I’m OK with them being in Kansas City because you get a lot more fans from both sides.”

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“I think so. They should keep them here. Besides, I don’t want a bunch of college students driving back drunk or the team to lose their home field advantage.”

Photo of Doug Hurt

“No. I don’t think so. I think if you’re a fan, you should support the team regardless of where they play. It’s not the players’ fault.”


Richard Heckler 10 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely do boycott. Jim Marchiony knows this community loses revenue. If fan support is so important why move a home game to another town?

james bush 10 years, 7 months ago

YES! All KU supporters should stay away from Arrowhead!

elkwc36 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree with the boycott. And fans can still support the team and not go to KC. No different than any other away game which is what they have now made it. The AD and his office is only looking at the temporary monetary gain. They will notice the results later when they want donations from the business community are are told due the loss of revenue they can't make one. Then the apologies will be made when it is too late. JMO

del888 10 years, 7 months ago

Are any of you complainers actually going to the game? My guess is, you wouldn't attend even if it was in Lawrence. If you business people are going to lose money, then why not hold the anual 'Thanksgiving day' Xmas sale the weekend before? Then you get your money and KU gets their game at Arrowhead.

PapaB 10 years, 7 months ago

We need to think outside of just what the Lawrence downtown businesses want. Having the game at Arrowhead makes it much more appealing for the TV networks to pick up the game and show it accross more of the country. It's a better stage and enhances the rivalry with MU, just look at what the similar setup between Texas and OU has done.

I also have trouble believing it will make a huge difference when the game is on Saturday and all the best sales (are the downtown sales really that good anyways) are on Black Friday.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 7 months ago

No. I think that would be an overreaction.

merrywidow033 10 years, 7 months ago

boycott ALL of KU athletics. especially after that crap of ripping out parking lots for a second sports complex for the athletes.

ku- screw the students! we've got athletes to pander to!

Out0Town 10 years, 7 months ago

Sure let us support the KU team and send our hard earned tax money to Missouri...perhaps the money is better spent supporting the "Professional team community" than giving illegals lower tuition , oh wait why not do both, that way hard working native Kansans can soon become as prosperous as, uh, well, uh, Missouri...NOT! Yep, one smart move that was...makes you wonder who's minding the hen house the farmer or the fox. How deep do pockets have to get before they become the black holes of society sucking our heritage into oblivion.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 7 months ago

Out0Town (Anonymous) says: How deep do pockets have to get before they become the black holes of society sucking our heritage into oblivion.

That sounds physically intrusive and VERY painful. Remember, it's just a game.

oldgoof 10 years, 7 months ago

jesus....more whine than a French winery. These are entertainment bucks. No problem with the US economy here obviously.

bluebikerjim 10 years, 7 months ago

There was an extra home game added this year to help offset the MU game. The community will benefit from the continued improvement of the football program. The lowest attendance so far this year has been over 40000. There have been years past that would have been more than is largest attended noncon game. I was in a number of stores before attending the game and was shocked at the number of people wearing football related apparel. These people were also spending money in the community( as we did and wouldn't have if not for coming up for the game as we live 50 miles away). We play an away noncon at South Florida next year. Are people going to complain about that? Come on people, it's one game with a million dollar guarantee. Maybe we should do away with the entire athletic department and see how that affects the local economy.

rukes45 10 years, 6 months ago

yes, KU fans....lets have an empty stadium for our boys against our biggest rival. good thinking! If you are there supporting, then we have a greater chance of winning.. then everyone can go back to Lawrence and support the whining local businesses. Better idea why don't all the local business owners come to the game and afterward they keep their doors open after 5 pm for once. Shopping at night, has advantages.....drunk people spend more and it brings press because no one does it. Isn't Lawrence all about being different anyways.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 6 months ago

It's official. The KU game at Arrowhead stadium is sold out. Looks like the KU athletic department made the right decision to move the game there.

booze_buds_03 10 years, 6 months ago

All the boycotters I assume will not be enjoying the probably nationally televised game on tv either? I for one will definitely support the team by enjoying it from my sofa.

ralphralph 10 years, 6 months ago

I could give a rat's rear about the Lyon, but college games ought to be played in college towns. The campus atmosphere is really what makes it special, and you sell that out when you leave town.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years, 6 months ago

No, they need to fire the Chancellor that's more concerned with putting money into the pockets of his KCMO bosses than he is running this university.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 6 months ago

This is unbelievable. You're going to boycott a stupid decision and punish the boys? Do you really want our 6-0 boys playing in Arrowhead with only MU fans there? StoP the inSAniTY!

Go to the game, just don't spend any money there. Go support the Jayhawks - heavens sakes they've earned it, haven't they? But still bombard KU Athletics with complaints so in future years it may be stopped. But don't stay home and not be there to outscream those MU nasty fans. Because they will be there, don't kid yourself. And I for one want to be there to shut them up. But as I said, we won't be spending any money there. We'll tailgate.

Please all of you - go to the game if you have tickets. Help us put corks in those nasty MU mouths. It could wind up being the game that decides if we are BCS bowl bound. GO go go!!!

dlstrohm 10 years, 6 months ago

This has to be one of the funniest topics I have seen on here. I've lived in Lawrence for 8 years, listened to the "locals" moan and groan relentlessly about the problems students cause, the University's influence in Lawrence, and how the students hurt Mass. Street businesses because of the bars and restaurants. Now the University threatens to move a game and suddenly every business on Mass. is going bankrupt? Either you appreciate that the University is here and is the reason that Lawrence has the culture and atmosphere that you claim to love, or you dislike the University's presence and think you could make it without the student dollars. Without KU, Lawrence would be Eudora or any other small town in KS.

I wish the game was in Lawrence, but I'm still going to support KU no matter what any hypocritical Mass. Street business owners decide they are going to complain about this week. How about a little loyalty to the source of income that is the reason your businesses exist?

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