Kansas City Chief: Renovating Arrowhead ‘top priority’

Kansas City, Mo.

After an offseason of speculation about the possibility of moving the team to another location, and even another state, Chiefs President and CEO Clark Hunt said the organization’s first choice is to stay put.

“Yes, that’s going to be our number one priority. We’re going to evaluate all the obvious options. We have to figure out what’s best for the franchise and what’s best for the fanbase, but that starts with evaluating Arrowhead and that’s where we are right now,” Hunt said Friday at the Chiefs Training Camp.

A massive evaluation of the stadium is underway. It will assess what Arrowhead has now, and the facilities the Chiefs will need decades from now.

“What I learned from that process is that it’s not a very simple answer when you’re trying to make a decision about whether a building can go back 25 or 30 years starting 8 years from now,” Hunt said.

This spring, Kevin Clark of the ringer reported Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the team has considered options in the state of Kansas, and has been pitched by Kansas developers as they debate what to do about their future home.

Kansas lawmakers even set aside millions in funds to build new stadiums for professional sports teams.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state will compete with whoever tries to convince the Chiefs to move.

Friday morning at training camp Hunt did not mention the previous chatter about the organization considering a jump to Kansas, or moving anywhere else.

“We really hope that we will be able to renovate Arrowhead when the time is right. But we are still maybe a year-plus away from being able to make that determination,” said Hunt.

Hunt and the rest of the organization instead focused on the upcoming NFL season.

He is also working with city leaders and FIFA on upgrading Arrowhead Stadium for the 2026 World Cup, which will happen before the Chiefs’ lease at the stadium expires in 2031.

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