Thoughts About Kroger Field for State Championship

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    Didn't want to have to do the long drive from Franklin but I must admit it was better than WKU in my opinion.

    But hey I got to spend the day wth my brother and nephew that I don't get to see nearly enough which made FS's win even better.
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    Don't care for it myself, 4+ hour drive for some teams, practically home game for others, not enough rest rooms open, buy tickets one one side of field, blocking off a whole MIDDLE section for resevrved over priced tickets, stadium to big for state high school football.

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    It was great. I played in two and watched 5 others and they where at 3 different locations. This was the best of the three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rookie57 View Post
    Don't care for it myself, 4+ hour drive for some teams, practically home game for others, not enough rest rooms open, buy tickets one one side of field, blocking off a whole MIDDLE section for resevrved over priced tickets, stadium to big for state high school football.
    Only a longer drive to Kroger field for 2 teams out of the 12 participating. Mayfield and Franklin Simpson. Every year at least 3-4 mountain teams have to drive 4+ hours to Bowling Green while others drive hour or less. No one place will ever be fair to all but this year is the first time that it was closer for over 80% of teams playing.

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    1A
    Beechwood
    Kroger field 78 miles 1 hour drive
    WKU 216 miles 3 hour drive

    Raceland
    Kroger field 121 miles 2 hour drive
    WKU 281 miles 4 hours

    End result Kroger field closer for both teams.

    2A
    Danville
    Kroger field 35 miles less than hour away
    WKU 139 miles away 2 hours

    Mayfield
    Kroger field 266 miles away 4 hour drive
    WKU 159 miles 2 hours

    End result split Kroger field closer for Danville and WKU closer for Mayfield.

    3A
    Boyle county
    Corbin
    Both is closer to Kroger field

    4A
    Johnson Central
    Closer to Kroger field

    Franklin Simpson
    Closer to WKU

    End result split however Johnson Central made the trip to Bowling green last year to play Franklin Simpson so only fair they switched this year.

    5A
    Madison Southern
    Closer to Kroger field

    Covington Catholic
    Closer to Kroger field

    Both closer to Kroger field

    6A
    Trinity
    Closer to Kroger field

    St. X
    Closer to Kroger field

    Both closer to Kroger field by over 50 miles.

    Out of the 12 teams participating only 2 are closer to WKU. Had the finals been in bowling green this year then 10/12 would have long trips then they did by having the finals in Lexington. Overall smart decision in my opinion.

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    UK should have cleaned the bleachers after the UL game.

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    I think it was a great decision to move it. Much closer for 90% of the teams, which has lead to record attendance.

    Parking was great- no issues there- loved that it was included with ticket.

    Ticket prices- yeah they were high and I complained but it was worth it with the saved gas and included parking.
    I splurged on the $25 tickets for three of us (two wanted general to sit with friends). My daughter loved being able to sit inside and relax and watch the game on tv since football isn't her thing. That made it worth it to me, didn't have to worry about her the whole game. Plus the seats were comfortable!

    Concession lines weren't long when I used them. They did seem inexperienced.

    Bathrooms are a complaint to me. I went to two that were closed before I found one open on third try. Not good.

    I also took advantage of the live video Friday night and it was amazing as well.

    I hope it stays here! There are a few things they can improve but it was the first year.

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    Much better stadium to watch a game than Western or UofL. I agree with some of the complaints, but those can be easily worked out. I hope it stays here.

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    UofL better for western ky school hour less of a drive

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    I thought it was a great site for games. The attendance records helped prove that. I pulled straight into orange lot yesterday then walked right into gate 9 only 150 yards away. Lots cleared out pretty smooth and fast. Would like to see a cleaning crew hit restrooms!! A young kid had to go #2 but all toilets were disgusting and he was crying to his dad. Felt bad for them. Such a beautiful stadium!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdon View Post
    UK should have cleaned the bleachers after the UL game.
    Quote Originally Posted by KentuckyJoe View Post
    I thought it was a great site for games. The attendance records helped prove that. I pulled straight into orange lot yesterday then walked right into gate 9 only 150 yards away. Lots cleared out pretty smooth and fast. Would like to see a cleaning crew hit restrooms!! A young kid had to go #2 but all toilets were disgusting and he was crying to his dad. Felt bad for them. Such a beautiful stadium!!
    It appears there is room for improvement on several fronts. But not having a clean facility is inexcusable. Did no one do a site inspection a couple of days prior to the weekend? Why no cleanup by maintenance/housekeeping before, during and after the games (especially since so many restrooms were closed)?

    Restrooms are a big deal, especially for families with little ones. I hate hearing stories like this. What a terrible experience to take away from what should have been a great day.

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    I wonder if the high attendance caught the KHSAA and facility people off guard, particularly in relation to concession stands and restrooms. Perhaps they staffed it based on lower projected attendance. If so, that is an easy fix and an understandable problem in the first year of the championships at Kroger Field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    I wonder if the high attendance caught the KHSAA and facility people off guard, particularly in relation to concession stands and restrooms. Perhaps they staffed it based on lower projected attendance. If so, that is an easy fix and an understandable problem in the first year of the championships at Kroger Field.
    Well said, and well ... VoReasonable.

    Hoping everyone involved project for future growth, and staff accordingly. Fair amount of positives to take away from the weekend too.

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    Have it at Georgetown

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    I liked it at UK better. Closer to NKY and it seemed more organized. But many of you are right. It could use some improvements.

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