Air Force considers taking spring football game to District 20 Stadium

February 19, 2014 Updated: February 19, 2014 at 7:38 am
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photo - Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun would like to play an intrasquar game on March 19 at Academy School District 20 Stadium, which is shown here in a 2012 photo during a performance by the Liberty HS band. (Photo by Lorraine Watry)
Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun would like to play an intrasquar game on March 19 at Academy School District 20 Stadium, which is shown here in a 2012 photo during a performance by the Liberty HS band. (Photo by Lorraine Watry) 

District 20 Stadium is already home to Eagles, Lancers, Rams and Thunder. Now the Falcons want in, too.

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun announced Tuesday that the team would conclude spring practice with an intrasquad game March 19, and he is exploring the possibility of playing it at the stadium near Research and Powers that is shared by four District 20 high schools.

"What we'd like to do is start it around 5 p.m., so people would be able to finish work and come by and watch it," Calhoun said. "Community-wise I think it would be fun."

As a trade-off, Calhoun would like to host several high school games at Falcon Stadium.

There remains a tall list of compliance and logistics questions that must be answered before any of this is to take place. First, the NCAA must agree to Air Force hosting high school games. Then, there are the questions of handling those events on government property, the selling of concessions and so on. Already having Air Academy High School on academy grounds with athletic events at the school and its K-Dome Stadium might ease the process.

Calhoun said the academy's administration is actively seeking those answers.

"It's just something we think we'd like to do," he said. "We've been wanting to do it for a while, too."

Calhoun doesn't know yet if the spring game, wherever it is played, would have an admission fee. If so, he's considering ideas of donating proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The idea of taking a spring game into the public is one of the first signs that Calhoun is seeking to boost the program's public image after a season in which it went 2-10, the first 10-loss season in team history. The average attendance for Air Force home games this past season was 32,652, down nearly 17 percent from 10 years earlier.

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