After multiple delays by the league, the regular season schedule has been released and the Chiefs are kicking things off in a major way. KCChiefs.com’s Josh Looney delivered the good news.
Monday Night Football makes its long-awaited return to Kansas City as the Chiefs officially celebrate the grand opening of the New Arrowhead with a national primetime TV audience at 9:15 PM (Central) on September 13th.
The Chiefs contest vs. San Diego will mark the first time that Kansas City has ever opened the regular season on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs-Chargers game will serve as the second half of ESPN’s Monday Night Football double-header, providing an exciting conclusion to the NFL’s 2010 Kickoff Weekend.
“We are thrilled to bring Monday Night Football back to the ‘Home of the Chiefs,’” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said. “Our fans have made Arrowhead Stadium the scene of some of the most memorable moments in Monday Night Football history, and the game’s return to Kansas City is a fitting tribute to the investment of the people of Jackson County and the State of Missouri. This fall, we look forward to the grand opening of the New Arrowhead and anxiously await the opportunity to showcase the greatest fans in the National Football League to a primetime, national television audience.”
This year’s contest will mark the 17th time the Chiefs have hosted a Monday Night Football game in the regular season at Arrowhead. In total, it will be the club’s 36th overall regular season appearance on MNF. The only other Chiefs-Chargers contest on MNF came at Arrowhead in ’83.
The Chiefs-Chargers came will also be available via free, over-the-air local television for Chiefs fans in the Kansas City area with further details available at a later date. Kansas City’s most recent Monday Night Football contest at Arrowhead came vs. New England (11/22/04).
The prospect of a two-sport, major-league double-header shapes up as one of the most exciting and historic days in Kansas City sports history. The Chiefs are particularly grateful for the assistance of the Kansas City Royals, who have been extremely cooperative in the scheduling process. The Royals have a home game vs. the Oakland A’s on Monday, September 13th, and are working closely with the Chiefs to ensure that date is a great day for all sports fans in Mid-America.
Earlier today I said the best case scenario was an early season Monday night game against the Raiders. Opening up The New Arrowhead as part of the MNF premiere is better than I could have expected and subbing the Chargers for the Raiders just means we get to see San Diego lose instead of Oakland. I think I can deal with that.
There will be a lot of talk between the Chiefs, Royals, MLB and NFL about the two games on the same day but it really seems like a quick fix. Move the Royals to a 1:10 first pitch and considering that — in all likelihood — they will not be in the hunt for a playoff spot, Kauffman Stadium shouldn’t be all that crowded.
If anything, I expect to see more people in the parking lot tailgating for the Chiefs-Chargers than there to see the Royals-A’s.