Kansas City mayor and Super Bowl champs want the Raptors to be their home team
TORONTO, ON., October 27, 2020 — There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home, and some very high profile Kansas City residents are pulling for the Toronto Raptors to call Missouri their home team, well at least for the start of the NBA season.
With the NBA season potentially tipping off Dec. 22, and with COVID-19 border and isolation restrictions potentially keeping the Raptors out of Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors will need to find a new home for the time being.
Kansas City Mayor, Quinton Lucas and Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes along with the 2020 Super Bowl Champions’ Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are hoping to lure the Raps to KC.
With Louisville, Kentucky recently being rumoured as the Raptors new home, Mahomes, the 2020 Super Bowl MVP, tweeted “Bring them to KC!” to get the ball bouncing in Kansas City’s favour.
While Mayor Quinton Lucas then replied: “Working on it.”
Also, on Tuesday morning, the mayor wrote in both French and English: “Good morning, Kansas City! He then made sure he use Canada’s metric gauge by joking: “It’s currently 13 degrees colder here than in Toronto (7 degrees Celsius),” using the hashtag “We the North.”
The Chiefs’ Canadian right guard Duvernay-Tardif, replied: “Merci monsieur! Definitely feels like home,” with a smiley face wink.
Where the Raptors will land is still up in the air. In addition to Kansas City and Louisville, Hartford and Buffalo have been rumoured as possible temporary home courts for the 2019 NBA Champs.
The T-Mobile Center in Kansas City holds about 19,000 spectators — although seating capacity is most likely irrelevant due to COVID — has hosted men’s and women’s NCAA basketball championships as well as NBA and NHL pre-season games.
The city of Kansas City has entered into discussions with the NHL and NBA about possible expansion or relocation franchises. Neither the NHL nor the NBA have yet to approve a team to play in T-Mobile Center.