What fans need to know for week 16
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Chiefs lead a seven-game winning streak and are atop the AFC standings as they prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.
But the real headline this week has been the disease, not the success.
Kansas City has a chance to secure a playoff berth and claim their sixth straight division title this weekend.
But they’re also grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak that at one point had 13 players on the reserve / COVID roster, including stars like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
With updated NFL COVID-19 protocols, the status of multiple players is still on hold, even days before the game.
Some players, like defensive end Chris Jones and linebacker Willie Gay, have already returned to training this week, but the Chiefs are still hoping others will be allowed to play on Sunday.
As of media availability Wednesday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he had not had any conversations with the league about the rescheduling of Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
If you’re heading to the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, here’s what you need to know:
If you’re still looking for tickets, there are still plenty of them available. You can buy tickets for chefs online or on a third-party site like Tickets for Less or SeatGeek.
But be prepared to pay a pretty price. Even the cheapest third tier seats cost around $ 280 per ticket on Ticketmaster, while lower tier seats are up for grabs at almost $ 400.
All Chiefs games are mobile ticket only. The team encourages fans to add their tickets to their mobile wallets for easier passage through the gate.
The Chiefs’ final home game of the regular season kicks off at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.
Fans are encouraged to get to Arrowhead early as there is a lot going on in Arrowhead before the match begins. Give yourself plenty of time to sit down so that you don’t miss out on any of the action on the pitch.
- 11h00 – Opening of the parking barriers
- 11:30 am – Opening of the Ford Tailgate district
- 1:00 p.m. – Club CommunityAmerica level doors open
- 1:30 p.m. – All stadium doors open
- 2:25 p.m. – Team warm-ups begin
- 3:14 p.m. – Presentation of the Steelers team
- 3.15 p.m. – Presentation of the team of chefs
- 3:19 p.m. – National anthem
- 3:21 p.m. – Overview
- 3:23 p.m. – Draw
- 3:25 p.m. – Kick-off
The parking lots open at 11 a.m. Sunday for a great day of Chiefs tailgating and football.
Fans heading to the game should remember that all parking passes must be purchased in advance online. Payments will not be accepted at the parking barriers.
Regular parking passes are $ 45 this season. If you are bringing a bus or RV, you will need to purchase another pass which costs $ 100. You will be able to access your parking pass on the Chiefs mobile app.
Traffic is usually congested near stadiums as fans flock to cheer on the Chiefs, and vacation travel won’t help. Plan ahead, check traffic conditions, and arrive early.
Match Day Predictions
The FOX4 weather team expects another heat wave to hit the state border on Sunday, sending highs into the 1960s.
There may be a few patches of drizzle or a few showers at some point on Sunday. We will keep an eye on this potential.
There will also be a decent wind that will develop so it will definitely be cold during the morning hours and for the first tailgates. But by the time we kick off, we’ll have warmed up pretty well for a Chiefs game in December.
Go through the door
All stadium gates open at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately two hours before kick-off.
Arrowhead Stadium has a Transparent bags policy, and that means fans are only allowed to bring one clear plastic bag, one gallon zippered clear bag, or small pouch into the stadium. Backpacks, waist bags, handbags and the like are not allowed.
Speaking of things that aren’t allowed, things like food, weapons, noise makers, laser pointers, and fireworks are off limits in Arrowhead.
Fans are always allowed to bring sealed water bottles, blankets, small umbrellas, signs and flags. To see the complete list of prohibited and permitted items.
New last season: The team banned American Indian headdresses or face painting. General face painting is still allowed.
Now that the Kansas City mask tenure has expired, masks are no longer needed in interior spaces of Arrowhead Stadium, like the pro shop, club level and more.
Chefs always encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to mask themselves at the stadium. The team also said unvaccinated staff members will be asked to wear masks.
No cash allowed
The Chiefs went completely cashless last season, and that will continue to move forward.
Not all concession stands and outlets allow cash. Traditional credit and debit card options are still available, and mobile wallet payments like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are also accepted.
The spirit of chefs
Kansas City native and current “Saturday Night Live” cast member Heidi Gardner will start things off with a bang at Sunday’s Chiefs-Steelers game. She is this week’s Drum Honoree on the GEHA Drum Deck.
Mary Esselman, president and CEO of Kansas City nonprofit Operation Breakthrough, will be the game’s Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader.
Before kick-off, Maelyn Jarmon, who won “The Voice”, will sing the national anthem while the Leawood Police Department presents the colors.
A KC-135 Stratotanker from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, will perform a flyby at the end of the National Anthem.
Then at halftime, it might be Boxing Day, but it’s still the holiday season! Singer-songwriter Symonne Sparks will sing a holiday medley while the Chiefs cheerleaders perform. Season ticket holders will be on the field with special flags during the performance.
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