What State Do the Kansas City Chiefs Play In?

(Last Updated On: February 3, 2020)
What State Do the Kansas City Chiefs Play In?

If you’re well-versed in geography, the question might seem like a no-brainer. But apparently, not everyone is so sure about where Kansas City is. So let’s answer the questions once and for all: what state do the Kansas City Chiefs play in?

Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri or Kansas?

First, some background.

The question at hand arose shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, defeating the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-20. 

While players were on the field celebrating, President Donald Trump did what he so often does–he tweeted. No big deal there. But do you notice anything wrong with his message?

His congratulatory message to Chief fans was certainly well-intentioned, but the internet was quick to have a field day with this

What State Do the Kansas City Chiefs Play In?

If you’re still confused, let’s help you out a little bit.

The President’s tweet (which has since been deleted and fixed), offers congratulations to the “Great State of Kansas”. The only problem here is that Kansas City, home of the Chiefs, is not in Kansas. It actually sits on the western edge of Missouri. Yes, the Chiefs are a Missouri team.

Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri. It is located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, and the city itself takes its name from the Kansas, or Kaw, River, which was named for the indigenous Kansa people.

To add to the confusion, there is a Kansas City in Kansas, too. It is the third-largest city in the state. But that Kansas City isn’t home to any Big 4 professional sports teams (it is home to Sporting Kansas City of the MLS).

And now for one last piece of confusion: Kansas City, MO, and Kansas City, KS, border each other. Together, they make up part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. So yeah, imagine if your next-door neighbor had the EXACT same name as you?

Suffice to say, the Midwest is kinda weird.

Had enough with all the Chiefs talk? You might like this quiz: Any NFL Team Besides the Chiefs.

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