An idea for saying goodbye to Okie Blanchard Stadium

UCLA and USC used to share the Rose Bowl and there have been a few times recently that they've both worn their home tops when they've played in the Rose Bowl. So East's blue and Central's red would work and look really cool. Photo by Associated Press

UCLA and USC used to share the Rose Bowl and there have been a few times recently that they’ve both worn their home tops when they’ve played in the Rose Bowl. So East’s blue and Central’s red would work and look really cool. Photo by Associated Press

Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East shared Okie Blanchard Stadium from 1960 until 2000. Central’s on-campus stadium, Milt Riske Field, first hosted football in 2001.

Because Okie was East and Central’s home stadium, there were several times that they both wore their home uniforms when they played each other. Why not do it again?

Barring a Laramie upset of Sheridan, Friday’s Class 4A playoff game between East and Central will more than likely be the final football game played at the venerable stadium. It’s quite appropriate that the final game it hosts is an East-Central game. Why not bid it adieu by honoring a one-time tradition by having both schools wear their home uniforms?

East hasn’t worn its black tops in any of its three home games this season, so I don’t know if those uniforms have been relegated to the junior varsity team. Heck, the JV team is done playing, so the black tops are available.

Why not have East wear its black tops and Central don red?

Even if East has to wear blue and Central wears red, it will still look awesome.

UCLA and USC used to share the Rose Bowl and there have been a few times recently that they’ve both worn their home tops when they’ve played in the Rose Bowl. So East’s blue and Central’s red would work and look really cool.

I remember USC having to take a 15-yard penalty When it and UCLA returned to the tradition of both wearing their home tops at the Rose Bowl, which they shared for several years until USC moved into the L.A. Coliseum.

I don’t know if a similar penalty rule exists at the high school level. It’d be hard to argue for a team taking an automatic 15-yard penalty in a playoff game. The below photo from this year’s Rocky Mountain (Cowley, Wyo.) vs. Billings (Mont.) Senior junior varsity game makes me think there isn’t. On top of that, I know that Gillette has worn gold tops for road games starting in 2006.
Rocky Mountain High of Cowley, Wyo. (in brown) and Billings (Mont.) Senior junior varsity both wore colored tops in their meeting this season. Photo by Dale Estes/Courtesy of WyoPreps.com

Rocky Mountain High of Cowley, Wyo. (in brown) and Billings (Mont.) Senior junior varsity both wore colored tops in their meeting this season. Photo by Dale Estes/Courtesy of WyoPreps.com

If East and Central can work out the logistics, both schools wearing some variation of their home jerseys Friday would be a really cool way to say goodbye to Okie Blanchard Stadium

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