The Chiefs didn’t have to seek the situation because it has come to them. Donovan said the Chiefs have been approached by St. Louis area fans about buying tickets and businesses about buying sponsorships.
“We got calls the day the Rams moved, or the day it was announced, with people [from St. Louis] saying they wanted to buy Chiefs tickets,’’ Donovan said. “It was probably a handful of people, not a lot. But we think if we have a good product, we have an opportunity to grow there. It’s not that far a drive.’’
The Chiefs have done business in St. Louis before. They had many ticket holders from that area the last time St. Louis did without the NFL, from the time the Cardinals played their last home game in Missouri in 1987 to the time the Rams moved from Los Angeles in 1995.
“We do have some [season ticket holders] there, certainly going back to the period of time when St. Louis didn’t have a team,’’ Hunt said. “Over time, that may grow.’’
Preseason TV is the first step for the Chiefs. They’re hopeful many of their regular-season games also will be on TV in St. Louis, though ratings will drive that decision.
“We’ll be considered,’’ Donovan said. “If we do our job and win football games, they’ll want to put us on.’’
Well, that’s one way to shorten the preseason.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled on Sunday evening because of unsafe field conditions.
The teams arrived at the stadium in Canton, Ohio, to find that the field was in terrible shape after Saturday night’s induction ceremony. Field workers worked furiously to try to get the field into playable condition, but both teams’ coaches feared that it was a major injury risk.
The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement after the decision to cancel the game was made official:
“Due to safety concerns with the condition of the playing surface in Canton, tonight’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers has been cancelled. We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight.”
The surface of Tom Benson Field, named after the New Orleans Saints owner, was extremely hard (“like concrete,” per an ESPN report) because the paint applied to the ground had gummed up into a tar-like surface. ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that that wrong paint was used on the surface before the game.