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Thursday, February 15, 2007

South La. soccer fans not happy

There has been a lot of grumbling on high school soccer message boards and forums from south Louisiana soccer fans. It floored me that there were even message boards devoted to Louisiana high school soccer teams, but to each his own I guess.

Fans and parents are miffed that they have to drive the 5 1/2 to 6 hours north for the Division I and Division III soccer finals, especially if teams from the same district/city make it here.

They may have a legitimate gripe, but the city of Shreveport and Shreveport Regional Sports Authority put in the successful bids to entice the LHSAA to come north, so they'll have to deal with it.

While the climate may be 10 degrees cooler come next weekend, Independence Stadium does have one factor - its artificial grass surface. The surface has taken a pounding in recent weeks between the Independence Bowl and the multitude of soccer games played out there.

While rain and sleet made other field unplayable, coaches rushed to book their district games at the stadium.

One question does arise: why aren't the Division II finals played here as well? Those games will be played at the site of one of the competing teams.

That also leads to another question: why not move the games to a more central site, like Lafayette? One reason - the almighty dollar. Who's the LHSAA to turn away a top bid at the expense of kids?


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