The Kansas Jayhawks, who just had their finest season in 15 years, will play their home games in the Kansas City metropolitan region in 2024 while David Booth Memorial Stadium in Lawrence gets renovations.
The Jayhawks’ 2024 schedule was revealed on Tuesday. It includes two games at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas: one against UNLV on Saturday, September 14, and the other against Lindenwood on Thursday, August 29.
Director of Athletics Travis Goff stated, “This plan for the 2024 season has an incredible number of benefits for our student-athletes, our fans and supporters, our campus partners and the Kansas Football program,” “While we are disappointed we can’t play in Lawrence, ultimately, we want to create the best possible experience for all involved, and playing two games at Children’s Mercy Park and four games at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium allows us to do that. It has been a thrill to see construction begin in earnest in Lawrence on the Gateway District and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, and this decision allows that construction to continue on a necessary timeline while also benefiting the overall budget of the project and the 2024 fan experience.”
The GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, will host the team’s four Big 12 Conference home games. The games are scheduled for Saturday, September 28th versus TCU, October 19th versus Houston, November 9th versus Iowa State, and November 23rd vs Colorado.
Saturday’s road games are scheduled to take place at Illinois on September 7, West Virginia on September 21, Arizona State on October 5, Kansas State on October 26, and BYU on November 16.
“We are excited for the unique opportunity to play our home games in the Kansas City metropolitan area in 2024. While we had hoped to play these games in Lawrence, the move to alternate venues is needed to ensure that our fans, student-athletes and all constituents have the best possible gameday experience and that we stay on schedule to complete construction for the 2025 season,” University Chancellor Douglas Girod said. “We recognize this move is not ideal for some members of the Lawrence community, and we hope they will understand this is a necessary one-year move to ensure the Gateway District can begin benefitting Lawrence as soon as possible in 2025.”
The times of the games are unknown.
“This is an exciting move for our team as these are two well respected and exciting venues to watch a sporting event,” Head coach Lance Leipold said. “I’m confident our fans will be able to create a ‘home field’ that our players will be energized to play in. Our administration has done an excellent job of partnering with both organizations and venues during our construction phase. This will allow the project to continue its path to completion in a timely manner and provide the best competitive advantage for our team during the transition.”
The Jayhawks were rated No. 23 in the final Associated Press college football poll at the end of the 2023 season, with a 9-4 record.
They defeated their opponent, UNLV, on September 14, 2023, in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, marking their first bowl victory since 2008. This puts them ahead of schedule for the 2024 season.
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