Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes wants to welcome another champion team to the city.
The 2020 Super Bowl MVP campaigned on Twitter for the Toronto Raptors to re-locate to Kansas City for the 2021 NBA season, with coronavirus travel restrictions set to impact their ability to play home games at Scotiabank Arena.
"Bring them to KC!" the star quarterback wrote on Twitter today.
Bring them to KC! 💪🏽 https://t.co/di5r6bIAh7- Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 26, 2020
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas responded to Mahomes on Twitter, saying he was "working on it."
"We will make sure the right folks know #KCMO and T-Mobile Center are ready," Lucas tweeted over the weekend.
He followed that up Tuesday, officially co-signing a letter alongside US Senators Roy Blunt, Pat Roberts, and Jerry Moran, and US Rep Emanuel Cleaver to the NBA commissioner's office and Raptors ownership making the case for Kansas City to be their temporary home.
We heard you might need a temporary home for the upcoming @NBA season, @Raptors. We'd love to have you in Kansas City.- Mayor Quinton Lucas (@MayorLucasKC) October 27, 2020
Mayor Lucas and members of the KS and MO delegation today encouraged the NBA and Raptors to select Kansas City as the team's host city for the 2020-21 season: pic.twitter.com/knyUEwYBlX
Last week, Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill reported that the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky could serve as a potential home for the Raptors for next season, however players were reportedly reluctant to play in Kentucky, following the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police in March and the subsequent social unrest that followed.
If the Raptors to elect to play their home games in Kansas City, the 19,000-seat T-Mobile Arena would likely be their home, making it the first time in 35 years that KC has hosted an NBA team. The Sacramento Kings previously resided in Kansas City between 1972-85.
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