The NFL will finally release the regular season schedule for 2010 tonight at 6:00pm. After being shut out of national games last year, the Chiefs are hoping to showcase The New Arrowhead for the nation. If history is any indication, they should get their chance, reports Josh Looney at KCChiefs.com.
When looking at teams in similar situations to that of Kansas City, the common set of circumstances to focus on revolves around the debut of either a new or completely renovated home stadium. In the Chiefs case, this is obviously the grand opening of The New Arrowhead in 2010.
NFL schedulers have historically been generous in sharing the national spotlight with franchise’s unveiling a new or renovated stadium. Since 2000, 14 teams have opened a new or renovated stadium across the country. Ten of those 14 teams went on to debut their stadiums in a prime time national television slot during their first or second home contest.
The history of new/renovated stadiums in the NFL has typically translated into a prime time football showcase in year one. If selected in 2010, we all know that Chiefs fans and The New Arrowhead will make both Kansas City and the National Football League proud.
My wish list would be for an early Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders. This way the Chiefs could show off their beautiful new stadium while embarrassing the Silver & Black. Best of both worlds? Sounds good to me!