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Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: April 22, 2016 - 7:55 AM

The Missouri State High School Activities Association has been very busy since the last week of March. The association gave the Show-Me Bowl new homes and released the new classes and districts.

For the past 20 years the site of the Show-Me Bowl has been a forgone conclusion. Every Thanksgiving weekend we head to St. Louis to play the games in the Edward Jones Dome. With the St. Louis Rams heading back to Los Angeles the Dome was without a football tenant and no longer a lock to hold the event.

So MSHSAA put it up for bid and three cities put together proposals. St. Louis bid again along with Columbia and Springfield. When the dust settled MSHSAA awarded Springfield the Class 1-6 games for 2016 and Columbia the same games in 2017.

Good for both of those cities. While Columbia is always a logical choice for any state championship, it has a major limitation for football. The University of Missouri now plays Arkansas at home every other year and that game could be played on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. With that game taking precedent, MSHSAA went with a split approach.

It will be interesting to see how the event goes the next two years. Change can be good and while climate control is nice for fans, playing the games on a college campus might bring a little more life to the event. St. Louis is an OK host but the Show-Me Bowl seemed like an afterthought. I am sure Springfield will give it the attention it deserves and Columbia will likely do the same.

Why didn’t Kansas City put in a bid you may ask? Well there were probably several factors at play. First MSHSAA wants all of its games in one venue. We have Arrowhead which is one of the best football venues in the country not just the best in Missouri but until there is turf in that stadium there is no way it can host six games over a 34-hour period.

Without the ability to host all games in one place Kansas City teams will be forced to travel to win their state titles. It’s been like that for 30 years but it hasn’t seemed to hamper Metro schools’ ability to win titles.

Maybe it’s only fair. It really wouldn’t be that nice to make teams travel to finish second year after year.