View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 1/18
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
When the Rams announced they were leaving St. Louis the decision sent ripples all the way to high school football. Just a week later the Missouri State High School Activities Association made a move that some expected and opened up the bidding to host its signature event the Show-Me Bowl.
What does that mean? Well for the first time in almost two decades the football state championships could be played somewhere besides the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
We now go into a period of unknown. There are lots of possibilities out there it just depends on what MSHSAA is looking for. If it wants to keep all of the games in one site there are several universities in the state that are set up and available to handle the games and I am sure the towns where these universities reside would love to have that kind of hotel and restaurant business over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The most central location is of course Columbia. That would be the easiest to travel for all of the teams but MU could only host the event every other year when the Missouri football team plays its game at Arkansas.
Other schools such as Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Central Missouri and Missouri Western State University all have nice facilities that could handle the event. Missouri Western even has an indoor practice facility that is NFL quality.
We could host it here in Kansas City but the problem would be finding a home for all seven games. Unless the Chiefs switch to field turf the team would probably want no more than two games played on its grass field so that means five other games would need to be played at other sites. That being said there are some great high school facilities that could handle the crowds and have great atmospheres as well. Staley, Rockhurst and both Blue Springs stadiums are as good as any in the state and would be a fine host for some of the smaller class games.
Having the games in Kansas City would be great. I think you would find lots of fans who would go to the games whether their team is in it or not. The same can’t be said for St. Louis or for that matter any other city in the state.
That being said Columbia or Springfield would be good places as well. I did enjoy my time in St. Louis this past year and the Dome, though not even close to the standard of Arrowhead, is a functional home.
No matter what happens it will be interesting to see where the bids come from and where the games will be played later this year.
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