Apr 15, 2020 8:56 PM

Commissioners convey message on college sports

Posted Apr 15, 2020 8:56 PM

The commissioners of the major college football conferences have told Vice President Mike Pence college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have re-opened.

Ten commissioners and the athletic director of Notre Dame, comprise the College Football Playoff management committee. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pence asked good questions and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the pandemic. Major sporting events have been called off and colleges have moved classes online. 

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WSU seeks to raze Cessna Stadium, build smaller version
Cessna Stadium has been home to Kansas high school state track and field meet for the last four decades-  image courtesy KSHSAA

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is seeking to tear down its 74-year-old Cessna Stadium and replace it with a new smaller, multi-purpose stadium.

The university has asked the Kansas Board of Regents to allow it to raze the 30,000-seat stadium. Cessna is currently home to the Wichita State track and field team and is also home the nation’s largest high school track and field meet.

University officials say the condition of the amenities in the stadium have deteriorated drastically since the school’s football program was discontinued in 1986.

The proposal leaves in limbo what would happen to the Kansas high school state track and field meet, which has hosted around 3,500 athletes for all six championship meets for boys and girls for the last four decades.

The proposed smaller stadium would host not only Wichita State’s track and field events, but could also attract high school and club events for soccer, lacrosse and track and field, university officials said.

WSU estimates it will cost $1.4 million to tear down the building. That money would be raised from private funds and restricted fee funds, officials said.