Kansas Jayhawks football goal posts come down in celebration for baseball’s Royals

Posted November 3rd, 2015

LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 16: Students climb on and dismantle the goalposts after Kansas defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 31-19 to win the game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Tearing down the goal posts is a rare ritual in Kansas. This scene is from 2013.

Fans for woeful Kansas don’t get many opportunities to tear down the goal posts.

But the posts came down in an impromptu celebration Sunday night for the Kansas City Royals winning of the World Series. Fans broke into the stadium, tore down the posts, then dumped them into a nearby lake as revelers took photos and posted about the party on social media.

Next up for the winless Jayhawks is a road date this Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The goal posts in Austin should be safe, but given what happened at Iowa State, you never know if fans in Lawrence will have reason to celebrate after playing Texas.


Kansas athletic administrators are considering the Sunday night festivities as vandalism. The Lawrence Journal World reported that the vandals caused $10,000 worth of damage.

“I thought the slogan was ‘Take the Crown’ not ‘Take the Goal Post,'” joked KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony to the Lawrence newspaper. “We’re all thrilled about how the Royals have played all year and we’re excited that they won the World Series. I just wish that some folks had chosen to celebrate in a different way. The personal safety issue here is what really worries me, and clearly no thought was given to that. The rest of the disappointment just lies in the destruction of property.”

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