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Your Opinion: Welcome visiting football fans, parents

Your Opinion: Welcome visiting football fans, parents

October 19th, 2011 by Don R. Preston, Holts Summit in News

Dear Editor:

Concerning the treatment of visiting football fans and parents, I had heard Jefferson City treated visitors poorly. I figured it was rumor. But I decided to see for myself. I sat with the Rockhurst fans/parents at the Oct. 7 game.

When entering the stadium area visitors are greeted by two ancient, non-illuminated port-a-potties. Their next discovery is they won't be able to see the score board. If a visitor sits in the first six bleacher rows he/she can only see the backs of the visitor's players who are standing along the side lines; the spectators cannot see the playing field from these lower seats.

Visitors wanting to use the good restroom or get a snack must take a hike past the J.C. students who hurl insults such as "Hey, get your sorry butt across the field where it belongs." (I cleaned up this quote) The punks are yelling such insults at the mothers of the Rockhurst players (the moms were wearing team jackets.) As the game started a Jefferson City employee came by the visitor stands, stopped every 15 yards and gave this speech: "If you want to visit the restroom or the snack bar go the longer way around so you don't have to go past the students. They're a bit rowdy tonight."

If someone has complaints they should propose solutions, here goes:

• Start with a big Welcome Visitors banner right inside the gate.

• Have a team of students (perhaps Student Council members) welcome the visitors, hand them programs and perhaps some welcoming memento.

• Charge no admission to parents of visiting players.

• Acquire new port-a-potties. Have science class students design and install solar powered lights and exhaust fan, or build a small restroom with flush toilets.

• Expel rowdy students.

• Obtain an aerial easement over Stadium Boulevard allowing additional seating to be cantilevered up and over part of Stadium.

• Scoreboard - it thinking heads get together I am quite certain a solution can be found.

Double congratulations to the Jefferson City football team; you played an excellent game.