The 2020 Super Bowl MVP took to Twitter to advocate for the 2019 NBA champions to play their home games in Kansas City next season.
“Bring them to KC,” Mahomes tweeted in response to a report that the Raptors were looking for a home in the United States due to the coronavirus-related Canada-United States border closure.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas replied to Mahomes, saying he was “working there”.
Bring them to KC! Https: //t.co/di5r6bIAh7
– Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 26, 2020
Vincent Goodwill, a Yahoo Sports insider, reported last week that the Raptors were watching KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., As a potential home for the 2020-2021 season. But Rick Bozich of local Fox-affiliated television station WDRB reported shortly after talks broke down in part due to the team’s reluctance to play in Kentucky over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot by Louisville police officers in March. .
The COVID-19 pandemic has already forced other professional Toronto sports teams to find temporary accommodation this year. The Toronto Blue Jays have played the majority of their home games this season in Buffalo, New York, while Toronto FC ends the season and playoffs in West Hartford, Connecticut. With the United States seeing an increase in positive coronavirus cases, the Raptors will likely have to do the same.
If the Raptors end up in Kansas City, the T-Mobile Arena would be their likely home. The nearly 19,000-seat arena opened in 2007 and has been part of the city’s grounds for NBA and NHL team expansion in the past.