While the Kansas Jayhawks are one of many programs represented with a strong fanbase in the Kansas City Metro era, Kansas athletic director Travis Goff is facing some backlash on social media after referring to Kansas City as a “KU-dominated market.”
Despite Kansas City featuring large groups of fans from Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Iowa State, the Jayhawks AD is catching some flack for dubbing the Jayhawks, Kansas City’s team.
Goff’s tweet is referencing the recent agreement for Kansas home football games to be played at both Children’s Mercy Park and Arrowhead Stadium during the upcoming season.
Along with the Big 12 Conference releasing 2024 schedules for each team, the Jayhawks announced on Tuesday morning their plans for the home game slate in 2024.
Goff spoke on the decision saying, “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. 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.”
While the Jayhawks may not be the only team represented in the KC metro, the team is set to take the field at Children’s Mercy Park on Thursday, August 29th against Lindenwood, and will head to Arrowhead for the first time on Saturday, September 28th against TCU.