Kansas University football fans have long clamored for the removal of the track surrounding the field at Memorial Stadium. Now that the new track-and-field facility at Rock Chalk Park has become a reality, KU officials may be close to making a move.
KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger, on hand to discuss the basketball team's selection for the 2015 World University Games, confirmed on Tuesday that he and his staff were in the process of looking into taking out the track.
“Right now, we're gathering information,” Zenger told the Journal-World. “The staff has done a great job of researching what we could do affordably and within reason as an intermediary step to our greater renovation project, and I want to make sure that Coach (Charlie) Weis thinks whatever we do is advantageous to the program.”
Although nothing is official yet, if Zenger and company were to decide to move forward with removing the track, doing so quickly could lead to getting it out of there in time for the beginning of the upcoming season. The specifics of what KU would do aesthetically after removing the track, should it happen, remain unknown and are very much a part of the information gathering process Zenger referred to.
Such a move would not be tied directly to the much anticipated full-scale renovation project at Memorial Stadium that, at least for now, remains a ways off.
In April, Zenger talked to the Journal-World about “clearing the deck” of all other projects so that all attention could be put toward the stadium. Zenger also mentioned his hope that some momentum from the football program could help spark the fund-raising process for the bigger project.