The Times reports that hotels and gathering spaces in Big 12 cities won't book dates for weddings until they know which weekends will have home games. Consider the plight of Brian Frederick, 37, and Carolyn Hoef, 31. The couple wants to get hitched in Lawrence at a chapel on the KU campus and hold the reception in the alumni center. But the school won't work with the couple until the football schedule is settled. Hoef told the paper, "I never thought my wedding would be so influenced by a football schedule. I’m not even a football fan."
It's strange, however, that event spaces and hotels would be worried about being overbooked on Rock Chalk Saturdays. After all, KU tried to shill tickets on Groupon last year for 62 percent off.
Couples are also finding wedding-planning woes in Manhattan, where they at least have a football team that's worth watching. One bride to be with an October 13 wedding in the Little Apple told the Times that prices for ballroom rentals fluctuated before she finally managed to book one. Her guests, though, might be stuck in hotels half an hour away.
Not surprisingly, the paper reports that Baylor — which prides itself as the nation's biggest Baptist university — has plenty of chapels available for ceremonies. And football games are played off-campus, so there's room in university buildings for receptions.
Tiger fans looking for a fall wedding at Mizzou should have no problems scheduling space in Columbia. The SEC released its schedule in December.
Mercifully, some sports media outlets are reporting that the Big 12 is close to releasing its schedule.