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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”


dlstrohm 6 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?


Pilgrim 6 years, 6 months ago

Here's why the game is in Kansas City, and why a boycott would be stupid:

From the Kansas City Star, October 13, 2007

"The Missouri game at Arrowhead Stadium was announced as a sellout earlier this week, and there figure to be more Jayhawks in the Chiefs house than Tigers because the game is part of KU's season-ticket package and not Missouri's.

"Because it's a sellout, Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins said the schools should pocket more than $2 million each, double what a usual Kansas home game generates and more than the Jayhawks have ever cleared from any bowl game."

Two MILLION dollars to KU. That money is coming to Lawrence, and is double what a game in Lawrence generates.

Boycott the games in Kansas City and shoot Lawrence in the foot in the process. Brilliant!


Gootsie 6 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!!!


Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 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.


ralphralph 6 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.


booze_buds_03 6 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.


Haiku_Cuckoo 6 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.


rukes45 6 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.


DevelopmentalyDisabled 6 years, 6 months ago

The boycott is a good idea. But will people actually do it? Boycott the home games as well. Go picket on K-10 and I-70 to remind people heading to the game not to go.


bluebikerjim 6 years, 6 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.


oldgoof 6 years, 6 months ago

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


kneejerkreaction 6 years, 6 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.


Out0Town 6 years, 6 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.


Pywacket 6 years, 6 months ago

R_I and Merrywidow~ Ha! I'm 25 years ahead of the curve.


merrywidow033 6 years, 6 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!


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

A single game boycott will have no effect. The only way for this issue to be effective is to boycott the whole KU sports complex (similar to the MIC but on a much smaller scale).For this to be effective: The next two seasons of KU football must be ignored. The Williams fund must not be replenished.
No one should attend any KU basketball games or other KU sports event. KU licensed sports wear must not be purchased or worn. Advertisers who support KU athletic events must be ignored.

A single game boycott is pointless.


Pywacket 6 years, 6 months ago

Americorps: Please explain why that is ironic.

Are you assuming that they live in Lawrence and work in the towns they mention? How do you know that they don't live in KC or St. Joe and just happened to be in Lawrence (for whatever reason) when asked the question?

And, for the sake of argument, what if they do live in Lawrence and live elsewhere? Aren't they bringing their money back to Lawrence? Aren't they downtown, probably spending a few bucks?

Please explain where the irony lies.


The_Original_Bob 6 years, 6 months ago

"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."

Perhaps if it was a different weekend. Last year, it was televised on ABC and was shown in Missouri and Kansas only (perhaps parts of a few bordering states). KU/MU does not compare with the SEC, ACC, Big10, and Pac 10 games going on that weekend. Lots of rivalries and conference championships on the line. However, there is a real possiblity this year's KU/MU matchup will help determine the Big 12 N champ directly or indirectly. I still don't see us being televised nationally.


sgtwolverine 6 years, 6 months ago

No. I think that would be an overreaction.


Marion Lynn 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the owners of The Red Lyon and will there for their event.

KU is not forgetting its roots and obligations but rather ignoring them


PapaB 6 years, 6 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.


del888 6 years, 6 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.


The_Original_Bob 6 years, 6 months ago

It's a done deal for the next 2 years so there isn't any sense in bitching about it anymore. It's a shame that East Coast Lew has decided to pit KU fan against KU fan in order for Lawrence tax dollars to go to Missouri. I hope the KU/MU in KC is not renewed, but I'm still supporting the team.

Enjoy the $20 parking at Camorahead! All of that goes straight to Carl Petersom and Clark Hunt.

See, I'm bitching. It's hard not too. Oh well, the team is looking good and it is a fantastic Saturday for College Football. It should be a nice evening. Go KU!


elkwc36 6 years, 6 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


americorps 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the boycott, but notice that 3 of the 4 polled do not work in Lawrence. A little Irononic, no?


jimincountry 6 years, 6 months ago

YES! All KU supporters should stay away from Arrowhead!


ReachAround 6 years, 6 months ago

boycotting only hurts the players, not the AD. and what does the AD owe the Red Lyon anyway? if these businesses can't succeed with 7 home games instead of 8, maybe these people need to go back to business school. bottom line is that the KUAD is a business, and it's finally being run like one. lawrence isn't some touchy-feely socialist network in which businesses consult each other about their feelings before making decisions. this is the real world, so act like a big boy/girl and don't publicly cry every time something unfortunate happens. some of you people can find anything to whine about.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 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?


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