A women's field hockey game was halted during play so personnel could prepare pre-game fireworks for the football team on another field. There was a social media uproar, with questions about why Kent State would have fireworks ahead of a Division I match.
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— Kent State Field Hockey (@KentStFH) September 7, 2019 Read MoreThe visiting teams' coaches later discovered that they were asked to clear the field by the order of the fire marshal so fireworks could be set up on an adjacent field for the Kent State football game, which was scheduled to begin at noon in a nearby stadium as a part of Kent State University Parents and Families Weekend. The field hockey game was ruled an"exhibition" or scrimmage because Division I requires a clear outcome to report an official NCAA Division I contest. Kent State Athletic Director Joel Nielsen released a statement Monday apologizing to the teams. "In hindsight, a different decision should have been made to ultimately ensure the game reached its conclusion. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and in this situation, we failed. I realize that my statement does not undo the negative impact on the student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans who deserved to see their teams compete in a full contest," Nielsen said. The NCAA has confirmed to CNN it is in contact with the schools involved, but declined to comment about what steps it was taking.The story gained attention when the University of Maine and its players tweeted about the cancellation. Well... that's a new one.
— UMaine Field Hockey (@UMaineFH) September 7, 2019 At a press conference Monday, Maine's senior captain Riley Field said she and her teammates -- in the moment -- asked themselves,"Is this a joke?" "It's offensive and it's upsetting to think that just because you're a gender, your sport is looked at as less. We work just as hard as any men's team. Personally, I really do believe that, they work extremely hard, we work extremely hard at a Division I level," Field said.these are the fireworks that we were kicked off of the field hockey field for... which was behind the stadium. pic.twitter.com/UKBNWA617NRead more: CNN
Because women's sports are not as important as men's? Wondering what would have happend he they had halt a man's game. No news then? The football team generates revenue. Women’s field hockey actually loses money. For those of you quick to justify KentState’s decision denying that it was grounded in sexism, I hope you don’t have daughters. But if you do, I hope they get to play sports. And if they become D1 student athletes, I hope they never get disrespected like UMaineFH and TempleFH
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