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2026 World Cup could help keep Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium

2026 World Cup could help keep Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is officially coming to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

The winning bid is a massive opportunity for Kansas City to showcase the midwestern United States to the rest of the world. For the Chiefs, it could prove to be exactly what the franchise needs to stay in their home stadium beyond their current lease.

Arrowhead Stadium has been the home of the Chiefs since 1972 after the franchise moved from Municipal Stadium. The team’s lease at the Truman Sports Complex doesn’t expire until 2031, but there have already been talks of moving the Chiefs from their current home. With the World Cup coming to Arrowhead, that means a new wave of renovations will also be coming to the stadium.

Kansas City mayor Quiton Lucas responded to comments from KCUR reporter Celisa Calacal, detailing some of the costs of the winning World Cup bid. He says that the only real cost right now is $50 million dollars worth of improvements for GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. He expects that to come via a combination of state funds and private fundraising, but it also sounds like they want some commitment from the Chiefs before making that investment.

“Only actual cost right now is $50M of improvements to Arrowhead Stadium,” Lucas said on Twitter. “Look for an ask to the state on that in addition to private fundraising to fund that step. That is unless the future of the stadiums chat progresses further.”

The last wave of improvements to Arrowhead Stadium came during the 2021 NFL offseason, with $13 million dollars worth of upgrades to improve the experience for fans, coaches and players. That includes the team’s new Hall of Honor and renovations made to the locker room. During the 2019 NFL offseason, the team invested in renovations that included new upper deck seating, weatherproofing and a new video board.

In addition to the new wave of renovations, Lucas expects additional funding for increased public transit to the stadium from various population centers…

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