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KSHSAA eyeing state championships at Wichita’s ‘fabulous’ renovated Stryker Complex

The Stryker Sports Complex might have another event to host as early as the fall.

Bill Faflick, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, said the next Kansas high school boys soccer season could finish with a state championship tournament at Stryker. The “fabulous” facility was recently reopened after a $22 million upgrade.

“I anticipate that we will utilize Stryker Complex in the future for state championship events,” Faflick said.

The Kapaun girls soccer team hosted its first game back at Stryker on April 8. The complex is still working to finalize some of the cosmetic upgrades outside of the playing surface, but the championship field has been transformed from grass to turf.

Workers move dirt around a large planter at the Stryker Sports Complex. Wichita officials have added $300,000 to the price tag of a new indoor soccer facility at the Stryker Sports Complex, to replace soil that heavy rain turned into a muddy mess. (April 3, 2019) Jaime Green

Faflick said KSHSAA administrators look into the available sites sometimes years in advance and work to contract them out for state championship events.. When looking into a facility, it must meet two qualifications, Faflick said. First, it must be what is best for the players, second, for the spectators.

“Stryker has both of those things nailed,” Faflick said.

There are several fields in rotation for state soccer, he said, including Kansas City, Olathe, Maize and Newton.

In 2019, Wichita South will host Class 6A. Emporia will welcome the final four in Class 5A. And 4A will head to Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex, a similar facility to Stryker.

“We want our kids to be in the best facilities for their respective activities that we can afford,” Faflick said. “And Stryker is certainly a place that is absolutely a place that is perfect for high school soccer championships.”

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