Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt says the team has not completed its study examining the best options for a home base when the Arrowhead Stadium lease expires in January 2031.
But he has a personal preference: Renovating Arrowhead Stadium to its current location.
“It will be our No. 1 priority,” Hunt said on Friday. “We are going to evaluate all our options, obviously. We have to figure out what’s best for the franchise, what’s best for the fan base. ,
At an NFL owners meeting in Florida in April of this year, Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the team was considering pitches to build a new stadium in Kansas.
Hunt said Friday, however, that it would not be the organization’s top choice. Hunt said the mains are still probably a year or so away from knowing whether an arrowhead renewal will be possible as evaluations continue, Hunt said, adding that the intentional motion is intentional.
Hunt said, “What I learned through this process is there’s not a very simple answer when you’re trying to make a decision about whether a building can last another 25 or 30 years eight years from now. Is.” “So we’re being very systematic about it. We want to get the right answer, because it’s so important.”
A lot can change between now and 2031. For example, the Kansas City Royals are investigating a move to move out of the city of Casey and the Truman Sports Complex, where Arrowhead is also located. The state of Kansas recently legalized sports gambling as well, with 80% of revenue funneled into a special fund the state is using to lure major sports teams.
Hunt admitted he has an emotional attachment to Arrowhead, talking Friday about how his father and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt called the stadium his favorite place on earth.
“The (decision process) begins with an evaluation of Arrowhead,” Clark Hunt said, “and that’s where we are at now.”
Cornerback Rashad Fenton (shoulder), tackle Lucas Niang (knee) and offensive lineman Prince Tega Vanogho (leg) were physically unable to perform.
Recently signed defensive end Carlos Dunlop was not with the team, as coach Andy Reid said he would join the Chiefs on Wednesday.
“They have a few things to keep in mind before they get up here,” Reid said. “But he’ll have a role, he’ll work into the mix in the defensive end position. And it’s a nice addition. Obviously, he’s been doing this for a while, and he can still roll. So we’re going to put him there more.” Looking forward to getting it in the mix and giving it a go.”
• Rookie receiver Skye Moore was the highlight of the day, on-shore for a diving catch against fellow rookie Nazih Johnson.
Both Reid and Mahomes later talked about Moore’s development.
“He made some good plays,” Reid said. “Again, it’s him learning the sport. He’s very strong. You can see he has great legs and he’s very strong in the core area. And so it’s going to come in handy for him as he moves through.”
Added Mahomes: “I think you see he’s made a lot of tough, competitive catches in the middle. He’s thinking a lot, because he’s a rookie who’s been put on offense, and we didn’t hold back at all. But you can tell that when he knows what he’s doing, he drives some great avenues, there are big releases, and I think that could be a big part of our guilt going forward. Is. “
• It was a big day for Jodie Fortson, who often came down with catches and made fun of linebacker Eliza Lee at one of her receptions in the open.
• During 7-on-7 red-zone practice, Marquez Valdes-Scantling pulled a pair of touchdowns from Mahomes, while JuJu Smith-Shuster hit another touchdown in the middle.
• Linebacker Willie Gay had the top game of defense, stepping in front of a Mahomes pass in the middle. an interception that he returned for a long touchdown, After finishing his run, he also persuaded fans to raise his arms to the far side of the Chiefs’ practice area.
• At 11-on-11, rookie defensive end George Karloftis batted on a Chad Henney pass.
• The biggest drop of the day came from Josh Gordon, who broke through the defense and was in position to catch a deep ball from Henney.
• Harrison Butcker made all field goal attempts until his final goal, which he pulled from 62 yards. His longest make was 57 yards.
• During kickoff return practice, Isiah Pacheco was the first player to deep drop.
The Star’s Blair Kerkhof contributed to this report.