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K-State considering playing spring football game at Sporting Park in KCK

Sporting Park, which played host to the NCAA Division II championship football game at Sporting Park in December, could be the site of this year’s K-State spring game.
Sporting Park, which played host to the NCAA Division II championship football game at Sporting Park in December, could be the site of this year’s K-State spring game. The Kansas City Star

Kansas State has discussed moving its spring football game off-campus this year to Kansas City’s Sporting Park, athletic director John Currie confirmed to The Star on Wednesday.

The home soccer venue of Sporting Kansas City, which played host to last year’s NCAA Division II football championship, could replace Bill Snyder Family Stadium as the site of the scrimmage because the Wildcats’ normal home is undergoing construction.

Currie told The Star in a written statement that construction of the new Vanier Football Complex presented “logistical and safety issues for both our football team and fans.”

“We have been exploring possible options and locations away from Bill Snyder Family Stadium for this year’s spring football game,” Currie’s statement continued. “We can confirm that we have reached out to Sporting KC and have had preliminary discussions about bringing the spring game to Kansas City tentatively on the afternoon of April 25. We will make an announcement with full details once the process has been completed.”

The Wildcats are exploring possibilities while the north end of their stadium undergoes renovations. K-State began demolishing its football complex, where the team’s locker room, weight room and coaching offices were located on the north end of the stadium, at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Construction crews have been working since.

The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 season. Until then, the football team will operate out of the West Stadium Center.

K-State hosted its spring game in the presence of construction two years ago, while the West Stadium Center was being built. But that construction was located away from the field. The current construction on the north end stretches to stadium’s artificial playing surface.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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