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Thursday Eureka High Football Home Games: Why the Change?

Eureka football fans recently made several inquiries about why home games will be hosted on Thursdays rather than Fridays. Eureka High School activities director Jason Green explains.

Friday night football games have been a bit of a big tradition in . This year, home games are being held on Thursday evenings, leaving football fans wondering why.

activities director and assistant principal Jason Green said the Thursday night football games have been scheduled for more than a year. "We're on a two-year schedule, and the new one was redrawn, according to the new play-off system," he said. "Perhaps Thursday night games stand out because it's probably been five or six years since Eureka's had them."

Green said Thursday night football games are considered each year, however.

"The final schedules at each building are based on a variety of factors, such as holiday weekends, days off school, special events, coaches' requests and special considerations," he said.

Another factor is the overall use of the school building and resulting traffic flow on any given day or evening.

For this year, he said there were some student-related considerations taken into account, such as when Senior Night falls for the seniors playing football. "We have 175 or more students involved with football. If we can do a little something to help them, then why not do it?" he said.

With only three home games, some parents expressed concerns about the following factors:

  • middle school students who generally attend the high school games having to be out late on a school night, as compared to a weekend night for Friday games
  • parents getting off work in time to get to the games
  • decreased overall attendance that will affect concession stand sales

And then there are the Eureka High band members and supporting families. Some band-related parents said because their students are at school all day, then at practice followed by the game, there is no time to leave to eat so they are diverting band-related funds to pay for meals for band members.

One band-associated parent told Patch that band members will have to leave the games after half time, due to the total number of straight hours any one given student can be kept in school and continuing school activity.

Green said while he understands parents' concerns, the same issues do not crop up during the winter sports of basketball and wrestling—which also include Thursdays on their schedules.

He said next year, there may be five home games, and they hope to work the schedule such that the football players get an extra day of rest before play-offs. An element he said they are looking strongly at is the Labor Day weekend and trying to provide players with a day off during that holiday.

2012 Eureka High School Football Varsity Schedule

DateTimeOpponent 8/17/2012 6:00 PM AWAY; Jamboree 8/24/2012 7:00 PM AWAY; Lafayette 8/30/2012 7:00 PM HOME; CBC 9/7/2012 7:00 PM AWAY; Mehlville 9/15/2012 6:30 PM AWAY; Oakville @ Edward Jones Dome 9/21/2012 7:00 PM AWAY; Wentzville Holt 9/28/2012 7:00 PM AWAY; Marquette 10/5/2012 7:00 PM HOME; Lindbergh Homecoming 10/12/2012 7:00 PM AWAY; Fox 10/18/2012 7:00 PM HOME; Parkway South

YOUR TURN: What do you think of Thursday home football games? Share your views in the comments' section of this article.

Laurie Crimmins August 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I have middle school age kids that look forward to the Friday night HS games all week. This year we will have to leave at half time to get them home in time for bed and school the next morning. I think the HS will lose a lot in concessions and other sales because of the week night games. Not to mention how poorly the kids will perform the next day at school. It affects many, many families: the players, cheerleaders, band members, dance teams, etc. etc.
R Dame August 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I agree with Laurie. I too have a middle school football player that enjoys going to the game to support the EHS football players as a JWC. There is a rumor that home games have been moved to Thursdays due to one players religious obligations on Friday's. Would someone like to be honest and clarify this?
Barb Onken August 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I too have heard the story from pretty reliable sources. I, however have NOT ever remembered having VARSITY football on week nights other than Fridays, like your article read. It would be great to have clarification (I'm with you RD!)
Kelly Bisaga August 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I heard the same rumor. Changing the schedule of many to accommodate one. I hear he is an awesome player. Must be the reason why?
Eileen Tyrrell August 29, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Julie: I have read this article three times........you are not getting the whole truth on this one. The EHS student body has been talking about this all summer. At last week's EHS Open House, this topic was brought up in a core class, because the first test of the semester was on Friday, following the first home football game (Thursday night) . The Teacher did not hesitate to answer the questions of why this year's home games were on Thursday night; and it was not the answer Mr. Green provided you.
Lisa August 29, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Heard the same rumors... Also think it is unfair there are only 3 home games. Would like to see them back on Fridays for the obvious reasons. These kids are tired enough in the morning already - having these games on Thursdays will make for some more exhausted kiddos.
Lisa Hunt August 30, 2012 at 01:55 AM
My child listened to a teacher tell the reason why it's on Thursday. It was discussed that the students religious practices hinder him from playing on a Friday night. I feel this will inevitably financially hurt EHS. With many of the EHS students doing 4-5 hours of homework a night attending a Thursday game is a tough call for parents. We now are faced with taking the one big social activity that our kids look forward to all week away. Do the majority no longer matter in Rockwood School District, and can someone please explain why we as taxpayers are hearing a completely different story than the one given?
Bob Cassidy August 31, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Dr. Green would make a great politician. Bob Cassidy
B Erickson September 01, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Mr. Green is a politician due to his position and, as so, works a spin as needed. Not sure what reprecussions he is avoiding by trying to spin.

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