On Tuesday, the University of Kansas announced they would play their six-game home football schedule at Children’s Mercy Park and GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. In a joint release with the Kansas City Chiefs, all sides confirmed a move in venues while David Booth Stadium continues its extreme makeover.
Today’s announcement that the Kansas Jayhawks would move their 2024 home games was hardly a well-kept secret. Kansas officials announced the venue changes that allows Turner Construction more time to complete the first phase of the Gateway project, which is set for completion on August 1st, 2025.
After the conclusion of the 2025 season, Turner will finish the stadium’s east end, which will be done before the start of the 2026 season. In the interim, local Lawrence business leaders had to agree to the move, but in the interests of progress, this was a wise choice.
The Jayhawks will enter the 2024 season as one of the favorites to win the Big 12. After their nine-win season a year ago and Bowl blowout Bowl Game over Nevada, who they play in September at Children’s Mercy Park, the program is on the rise and will open the season as a ranked team.
The most notable difference in this year’s schedule for the Jayhawks is they will not play their final game of the year against in-state rival, Kansas State. That game will played on Saturday, October 26th, in Manhattan.
Kansas faces some tough opponents in 2024, but the biggest game at home will be against Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes, who come to Arrowhead on Saturday, November 23rd. The Buffs started great last season, but things quickly unfolded for their first-year head coach. With Boulder’s proximity to Kansas City, this game could be close to a sellout. If the NFL was smart, they’d schedule a home Sunday Night or Monday Night Chiefs game against the Denver Broncos that weekend.
The Chiefs are no strangers to hosting college football games at Arrowhead, including Kansas and Missouri football. The Jayhawks one-year residency comes at a good time, considering the AFC’s unbalanced schedule this season, which only has eight home games available at Arrowhead. The NFC and the AFC swap extra home games to balance the 17-game schedule.