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Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium has lost a tenant.
Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School announced Monday that its football program will relocate home games from the Shockers’ field to the renovated Stryker Sports Complex at K-96 and Greenwich Road.
The Crusaders will host five games in what is being called an “exploratory year,” according to the release. Their home opener is at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 against Wichita Southeast. Kapaun has been at Cessna since the 1980s, the release states.
Kapaun athletic director John Cherne III said there were some challenges in bringing the program to Stryker, but he is excited to “put on a new pair of shoes.”
“Anything that is new is exciting,” Cherne said. “This is big for our program to go out there and have one of the bigger crowds that they will have.”
Cherne said that with 2019 being an exploratory year, the school will work quickly to counter potential hurdles such as crowd control and parking. He said he hopes the experience gets better with every home game.
Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt is entering his 15th season as the Crusaders’ coach. Last year, Kapaun went 7-3 (4-2, City League).
“I am excited about the possibilities of the new venue,” Kapaun football coach Dan Adelhardt said in the release.
Stryker was reopened in the spring after a $22 million upgrade and served as the home of the Kapaun girls soccer team for the 2019 season. Kapaun will be the first football program to play at Stryker.
The venue has 11 turf fields, including a stadium that holds a few thousand fans. According to the release, Tymber Lee, managing director of the Sports Forum, which operates Stryker, said the facility welcomes the program with open arms.
“The combination of the world-class Stryker complex and the championship legacy of Kapaun Mt. Carmel football will make for some very entertaining Friday nights,” said Tymber Lee, managing director of Sports Forum.