Skip to main content

Kansas City Mayor Reacts To Chiefs Stadium Speculation

A general view of the Kansas City Chiefs stadium.

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: A general view of Arrowhead stadium during the game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas responded to reports of Chiefs considering new stadium options in Kansas when Arrowhead Stadium's lease expires in 2031.

Per The Ringer's Kevin Clark, team president Mark Donovan said at Tuesday's NFL annual meeting that they have received feelers for other locations beyond Kansas City. Sports Business Journal's Ben Fischer relayed Donovan's quote at the Florida event.

“Pretty consistently, we get inquiries from the state of Kansas, [that] if you’re going to make a change, what if you brought the stadium here?” Donovan said. “So we’re looking at that as well.”

The Kansas City Royals could also seek a new downtown venue from Kauffman Stadium, currently adjacent to Arrowhead. Donovan said the MLB team moving may make it easier for the Chiefs to build a new venue in the same spot.

Lucas quoted Clark's Twitter post to tell his constituents that he's working to keep the team in Kansas City.

"Kansas City has proudly hosted the Chiefs since the early 1960s," Lucas wrote. "We look forward to working with the Chiefs, our state of Missouri partners, and local officials to ensure the Chiefs remain home in Kansas City and Missouri for generations to come."

Owner Lamar Hunt moved the Chiefs, originally the Dallas Texans, to Kansas City in 1963. The AFL franchise (until joining the NFL in 1970) shared Municipal Stadium with the Royals and Athletics until Arrowhead opened in 1972.

Soldier Field and Lambeau Field are the NFL's only older stadiums currently in use.

There's plenty of time to figure something out, but it'd certainly feel strange seeing the Chiefs play anywhere besides Kansas City.