KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs deny the team is close to a deal for naming rights of the field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Earlier Thursday, Sports Business Journal reported the team was closing in on finalizing a deal with long-standing partner GEHA that would have led to the naming rights deal GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the club said they’ve been working for “a number of years” to find the right field naming rights partner at Arrowhead, and a partnership with GEHA could be an option in the future.
But there will be no naming rights deal in place for the 2020 season.
Full Chiefs Statement:
“We have enjoyed a great relationship with GEHA, its leadership and its entire team for the past year and are very excited about where this partnership is headed. As we said when we first announced this relationship, there are important shared values between the two organizations and we are aligned on thoughts, goals and a vision of what a joint partnership will mean for the community. We’ve talked openly about the desire to find the correct field naming rights partner for Arrowhead Stadium for a number of years, and while field naming rights have always been an option to explore with GEHA as part of the strategic growth and expansion of this relationship, there has never been, nor will there be, a field naming rights deal in place for the 2020 season. We feel that this message was clearly communicated, but unfortunately a misleading and factually incorrect headline has been written. Amidst all that is currently happening our communities, neither the Chiefs nor GEHA are focused on a potential field naming rights deal at this time. Our partnership with GEHA remains very strong, it exceeded our expectations in the first year, and we look forward to an exciting future together.”