Kansas will play its six 2024 home football games in Kansas City due to stadium renovation construction at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the school announced Tuesday.
The Jayhawks will play their Big 12 conference home games against TCU (Sept. 28), Houston (Oct. 19), Iowa State (Nov. 9) and Colorado (Nov. 23) at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium and will play their two nonconference home games against Lindenwood (Aug. 31) and UNLV (Sept. 14) at Children’s Mercy Park, the Sporting Kansas City soccer stadium.
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Kansas began construction on the Gateway District, its $448 million project that will upgrade Memorial Stadium as well as the Jayhawks’ football complex, in November. The project calls for completely new builds of the southwest, west and north sides of the stadium, which would’ve made hosting reduced-capacity home games a difficult endeavor that threatened to put construction behind schedule. Kansas is currently planning to play its 2025 home games at Memorial Stadium.
“This plan for the 2024 season has an incredible number of benefits for our student-athletes, our fans and supporters, our campus partners and the Kansas Football program,” Kansas athletic director Travis Goff said in a statement. “While we are disappointed we can’t play in Lawrence, ultimately, we want to create the best possible experience for all involved, and playing two games at Children’s Mercy Park and four games at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium allows us to do that. It has been a thrill to see construction begin in earnest in Lawrence on the Gateway District and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, and this decision allows that construction to continue on a necessary timeline while also benefiting the overall budget of the project and the 2024 fan experience.”
The Jayhawks last played at Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs, in 2011 in its final Border War rivalry game against Missouri before the Tigers left the Big 12 to join the SEC.
After winning nine games in 2023 to secure Kansas’ first winning season and its first bowl victory since 2008, the Jayhawks are expected to be a Big 12 title contender this fall with quarterback Jalon Daniels, running back Devin Neal, cornerback Cobee Bryant and a strong supporting cast of starters returning for coach Lance Leipold’s fourth season.
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