The NFL broke a tradition last year by having the Packers and Bears — not the defending champion Patriots — begin the regular season.
The tradition to having the defending champs on opening night will likely be back in 2020 and the Chiefs are getting some help to make sure that happens in their stadium.
The NFL’s opening night is set for Thursday, Sept. 10. The Kansas City Royals had a 12:35pm game scheduled for that day but they have announced that they’re moving their Thursday game to a Tuesday doubleheader that week.
The Royals and Chiefs stadiums are next to each other and they share parking.
“The Kansas City Royals today announced a schedule change for the series against the Oakland Athletics in September to accommodate the Kansas City Chiefs potentially opening at home at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, September 10,” MLB said in a statement.
In 2013, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens had to open on the road because the Orioles refused to move their scheduled home game.
The NFL has not confirmed that the Chiefs are hosting the Thursday night opener, but the Royals’ move paves the way to make that decision easier.
The Chiefs have homes games in 2020 against the Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers and Texans.
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