"And the stadium is used for more than just football, lobbyists argue. More than 100 community events were held at the facility last year, and renovation proponents say they'd like to see even more community use.
"One of the things we would like to do is have a Friday-night high school football game of the week at Husky Stadium," Evans said."
Here's what Chopp said:"It can be used for a lot more than just Husky football. They are talking about a series of high school football games. If you have ever been to Memorial Stadium in Seattle, it's in pretty bad shape."
Thanks Frank. Memorial Stadium isn't the worst I've ever seen and a view of the Space Needle ain't bad. (But I know that it needs a lot of work.) However, it might be nice for schools to have access to a nice new stadium. However, I do remember how Qwest Field was going to be the site of many soccer games (Paul Allen said so) and yet, it seems like they get one or two a year (and that was built with public funds). Also, I have wonder about the football program at UW wanting their field torn up every Friday right before the 1 p.m. Saturday kick-off for their game. I'd be willing to bet it would be a Thursday night high school game.
Onward. So in the sports section of the PI there was this story about the revamping of King-Co, the league that Roosevelt, Garfield and Ballard play in because of their size. (All the other SPS teams are in Metro, I believe.) From the article:
"Say hello to the new KingCo conference, a combined Class 2A/3A/4A league that very nearly does it all. Guaranteed to handle fluctuating enrollment figures for years to come, this one-of-a-kind conference keeps traditional rivalries alive while cutting down on transportation costs and time out of class. It will go into effect this fall."
It's interesting because apparently they have tried to group schools in the divisions (4A, 3A and 2A) by geography. As well, they have two divisions; one for group sports and one for individual sports. That way for group sports larger schools don't dominate smaller schools but those issues aren't as severe for individual sports.Also from the article:
"For team sports, and football in particular, teams must play at their own classification level during league play but are allowed enough open dates for crossover games with traditional rivals that are at a different level."
Here's where the Seattle schools land for team sports in the 4A Crown Division:
Ballard, Bothell, Inglemoor, Lake Washington, Roosevelt, Woodinville(Garfield is in another 4A geographic division.) Okay but that means that Seattle teams still have to go over 520 to get to games. It may be better that they are all northern teams but there's still a lot of travel involved.
For individual sports the Seattle teams are in this division:
Ballard, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Roosevelt
This is kind of a key issue in later start times for high schools because sports are a big, big deal in high school and the sports schedule is a huge issue in trying to get a later start time(although I note that Ballard has done it and they are in King-Co).
It is done in other parts of the country and hasn't ended sports there. I think it is sad (and I say this as someone with a student involved in a sport) that sports could trump academic outcomes but try telling people you want a later start time and the first thing you hear is "What about sports?"