Scheduling conflict nixed Chiefs-Packers in preseason

Weston Hodkiewicz
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis catches a pass against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke during a presesaon game at Lambeau Field last August.

The Packers had to find a different opponent for their preseason finale this year because of a parking-lot conflict between the Kansas City Chiefs and the neighboring Royals.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said Tuesday that it was the Chiefs' year to host the Packers in the preseason finale. The two teams have alternated venues since the series started in 2010.

However, the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium shares parking with Kauffman Stadium where the Royals will be hosting the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 3-4, the two dates all NFL preseason finales are scheduled to take place.

That's what caused the Packers and Chiefs to go their separate ways, though Murphy didn't say whether the teams considered returning to Lambeau Field for a second consecutive year. He also didn't indicate if there's been any discussion about restarting the relationship next season.

Instead, the Packers will host a preseason finale against New Orleans and the Chiefs will travel to St. Louis to close their exhibition slate.