Editorial: Decision for early football start was a poor one
On Monday, the Hastings High School football team begins practice. If that seems early to you, you aren’t alone. The season was moved up one week this year by the Minnesota State High School League.
Here’s why: for years, the state championship games were held inside at the Metrodome. Obviously, that’s not around anymore, so the league had to come up with another venue. They opted to play at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. The stadium has a synthetic surface that is appealing to teams playing outside in November.
This year, though, there’s a scheduling conflict over the weekend that the Prep Bowl would normally be held. That prompted the MSHSL to move the season up one week for every team in the state.
It’s a ridiculous move, because there are so many other stadiums out there with synthetic surfaces that would be perfect for the Prep Bowl. There’s Hamline University, the University of St. Thomas, St. John’s, St. Olaf, Carleton College, St. Cloud State University and by now you get the picture.
What really stinks is that by the time school starts, Hastings will have played three games, including two at home. That’s half of their entire home schedule.