April 23, 2024

Mayor of Dallas rooting for Chiefs to move back to Dallas

The Chiefs’ future is very much in doubt after Jackson County, Missouri, voters overwhelmingly rejected a gross sales tax extension that may have renovated Arrowhead Stadium. Before Tuesday’s vote, Chiefs president Mark Donovan had threatened the staff may go away if the measure didn’t cross.

Where would they go in the event that they did move?

Dallas mayor Eric Johnson, who repeatedly has pitched his metropolis as a candidate for an NFL growth staff, posted an invite to the Chiefs on social media.

“Welcome home, Dallas Texans!” Johnson wrote, including a smiley face emoji and a hashtag suggesting the staff may play within the Cotton Bowl in South Dallas’ Fair Park.

“Dallas was named the top sports city in the United States because we play to win,” Johnson stated in a Wednesday to the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, referencing final yr’s Sports Business Journal finest sports activities cities rating. “As I have said previously, our market is big enough, growing enough, and loves football more than enough to support a second NFL team — especially a franchise [and an owner] with deep roots here.”

Chiefs proprietor Clark Hunt lives in Dallas, and the franchise was based by his father, Lamar, in Dallas in 1959. The Texans performed three seasons in Dallas within the American Football League, profitable the championship in 1962, earlier than shifting to Kansas City.

The Cowboys have been the lone staff in Dallas-Fort Worth since, however they haven’t performed in Dallas correct since leaving the Cotton Bowl for Texas Stadium in Irving in October 1971. They now play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, a lot to the displeasure of some Dallas residents and metropolis officers.

Dallas, although, would face the identical drawback as Kansas City — discovering public funds to construct an NFL-worthy stadium. That’s how the Cowboys ended up within the suburbs. Johnson additionally would face opposition from Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, who two years in the past publicly shot down Johnson’s thought of an growth staff for Dallas.

Johnson declined to reply the Dallas Morning News’ query about whether or not he or town deliberate to have interaction in relocation discussions with Hunt, who owns Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas franchise.

The Chiefs’ lease at Arrowhead Stadium expires after the 2030 season.