Chiefs will soon start thinking about “what’s next” from stadium standpoint

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Arrowhead Stadium has served as the home of the Chiefs for nearly 50 years. How long will that continue to be the case?

Via James Palmer of NFL Media, team owner Clark Hunt recently told reporters that the team will be monitoring the efforts of baseball’s Royals as they explore a potential move to downtown Kansas City. The Chiefs and Royals currently have companion stadiums in the same complex.

“Obviously, we’ve been connected to the Royals for almost 50 years now here at the [Truman] Sports Complex, so their decision on their long-term future will have an impact on us,” Hunt said, per Fox4KC.com. “We’re going to watch as they go through the process and at some point in the next year or so start thinking about what’s next for the Chiefs from a stadium standpoint.”

The team’s lease at Arrowhead Stadium expires in nine years. Another renovation to the venue is a possibility, according to Hunt.

A new stadium built on the site of the Royals’ current venue could make sense. That would allow the Chiefs to play at Arrowhead while the new stadium is constructed.

Then there’s the issue of who will pay for the new stadium. Most owners seek significant taxpayer contributions to such projects, under the threat (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) of relocation if the public money isn’t available.

The Chiefs began as the Dallas Texans of the AFL. They moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs only after losing the battle for the hearts, minds, and wallets of local residents, who gravitated to the Cowboys of the NFL.

Coincidentally, the Cowboys and Chiefs play on Sunday, at Arrowhead Stadium.

25 responses to “Chiefs will soon start thinking about “what’s next” from stadium standpoint

  1. No city should ever use tax revenue to build a stadium for billionaires.
    Always a losing proposition.

  2. Chiefs, Please do not replace Arrowhead stadium. That is one of the Best venues in all of football.

  3. Such a great stadium. Eagles fans will be surprised to know that it was designed by the same architectural firm that designed the Vet.

    I hope the Chiefs can in some way preserve the vibe at Arrowhead. And if they have to build an “Arrowhead II,” I hope they get it right.

  4. True to NFL owner fashion we will start hearing the the “St Louis Chiefs” so Clark can twist every last cent out of the KC tax payers to pay for his new stadium.

  5. Look at how far televised sports has gone in the last 9 years. What is the landscape going to look like in another 9? Play the games on the moon for all I care. I have a team and will watch them but I’m not going to the games.

  6. Ive always wondered if it were feasible to have a fan funded way of raising money over decades, specifically for the purpose of a new stadium. Maybe owners adding an investment tax onto merchandise and vending that is saved/invested and can only be applied to a new stadium. So fans pay for the stadium over the course of 20-30 years but it also assures them of keeping teams over generations.

  7. nfldivas says:
    November 19, 2021 at 4:36 pm
    True to NFL owner fashion we will start hearing the the “St Louis Chiefs” so Clark can twist every last cent out of the KC tax payers to pay for his new stadium.
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    Don’t forget the San Diego Chiefs or the Oakland Chiefs!

  8. finfanjim says:
    November 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm
    Ive always wondered if it were feasible to have a fan funded way of raising money over decades, specifically for the purpose of a new stadium.
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    They could fund their stadium from their profits in the same way that any other business pays for a new building.

  9. Surprised the mob hasn’t come after either the team name or the stadium name yet. Just a matter of time.

  10. AndyB says:
    November 19, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    finfanjim says:
    November 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm
    Ive always wondered if it were feasible to have a fan funded way of raising money over decades, specifically for the purpose of a new stadium.
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    They could fund their stadium from their profits in the same way that any other business pays for a new building.

    ******

    Actually having been involved in building 4 major office building and renovating a couple more, businesses (except warehouse facilities) over the last several decades have looked for either a private firm to build and own the building (leasing it back to them) or have looked for significant tax\infrastructure deals from the local governments (ala failed Amazon attempt to move into NYC) to offset the costs of building a facility.

    Small and medium businesses usually lease from a commercial developer.

    So basically the NFL is doing what a LOT of businesses in America do.

    Now that being said I would agree that a new industrial park or major corporate HQ is dollar for dollar more beneficial to the municipality than any sports stadium ever built.

    The NFL as an enterprise could easily fund a new stadium in conjunction with private interests as long as they accept that it will be a money pit and never make back the initial investment plus expenses.

    But what business is willing to do that?

    A significant cost savings (for the land at least) could be obtained by building the stadiums outside metropolitan areas and significantly decrease their size and cater to the wealthy (much like Vegas casinos have gambling facilities you’ll never get into) as the only attendees.

    So fans what do you want? To see your team in person or to not fund a stadium close enough for you to go to?

  11. I have said it before if kansas city ever Invests in a Dome Stadium it would truly be a game-changer for them due to the fact on who their QUARTERBACK IS. I can tell you teams all things equal would prefer to face Mahomes in the SNOW/ Rain as opposed to Dry Conditions dating back to college where he just crush teams in terms of the numbers he put up playing in Domes.

    Mahomes obviously has played great in the snow conditions but the incredible advantage that is just missing if he played away from the WET Elements cannot be stressed enough. Look no further than Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

  12. ghjjf says:
    November 19, 2021 at 6:16 pm
    When will they think about a name change, since their current name is a racial slur!

    Uhh, pretty sure you don’t understand the definition of racial slur

  13. Do Fire Chief’s, The Chief of Police And Chief Executive Officers all have to change their name too, or is it just the Kansas City Chiefs that offend you? Chiefs are leaders or of the highest rank, if you think otherwise, you’re the problem. The Chief name came from a previous mayor of KC who they called Chief, he was an key part in getting KC a football team. Imagine basing an opinion on facts and reality…

  14. KC area can’t afford new stadiums for the Royals and the Chiefs. They will lose one of these franchises as a result.

  15. Chiefs fans should be happy to pay for a billionaire’s new stadium. They always vote to give all the tax breaks to the rich, and screw everyone else. But if you worked as hard as Clark Hunt, you’d be rich, too. What? Clark never worked a day in his life? Lol. Keep on voting the way you do and don’t complain.

  16. The Chiefs need to get rid of their racist tomahawk chop and name before they consider new venues.

  17. Funny there been all this talk about the Bills needing a stadium and how they might move if they don’t get a new stadium. The Chiefs stadium is the same age but you have not heard one word about how they need a new stadium. The only reason why it even comes up now is that the Royals were looking to move. So tell me why does one team have all this talk about a new stadium and moving while another team there is absolutely no concern for it.

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