[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs may enjoy one of the great home-field advantages in football, but the club has informed the NFL it would like to be among the first teams to move a regular-season home game to a foreign country.
The league’s owners approved a proposal Tuesday that would allow a regular-season game in 2007 and two per year beginning in 2008 outside the United States.
“We’re hopeful we may be one of the teams in ’07 and/or ’08,” Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said Wednesday. “First of all, it’s for the good of the league. The edict of (Chiefs owner) Lamar Hunt and the Hunt family, when they started in 1960, is they’re going to do what’s best for the league first and what’s best for the Chiefs second.”
The other consideration is the $575 million renovation project at the Truman Sports Complex is scheduled to begin in March 2007 and could take up to three years to complete. Because the renovations are going to inconvenience fans, Peterson said this would be an optimum time to take a home game out of the country.
“We’re going to be under construction at Arrowhead,” he said. “We can’t stop playing because we’ve got over 70,000 season-ticket holders, and I wouldn’t know what to do with them. I can’t send them to Lawrence, Kan., or Columbia, Mo., because their stadiums are not big enough.”
“We’re going to play through those renovation years, and we thought because of the inconvenience to our fans, they wouldn’t mind giving up a game.”