The Kansas City Chiefs will open the 2019 preseason on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Arrowhead Stadium, welcoming the visiting Cincinnati Bengals for a 7 p.m. matchup.
Fans can find important information and reminders involving Saturday night’s game below.
Chiefs Charity Game
Saturday night’s game will mark the 35th annual Chiefs Charity Game. Recognized as the top philanthropic game of its type in the NFL, the Chiefs Charity Game expresses the club’s long-standing commitment of offering vital support in the local community. Since its inception in 1985, the Chiefs Charity Game has raised more than $13.7 million for local charities. The 2018 Chiefs Charity Game raised more than $500,000 to help keep children safe and families together through Cornerstones of Care.
Cornerstones of Care has a long legacy of partnering with children and families to help create safe and healthy living communities. The proceeds from the 2019 Chiefs Charity Game and the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle will help Cornerstones of Care support continued efforts to improve centralized access to care and long-term mission sustainability to help support children and families.
The Hunt family and team Founder Lamar Hunt established the Hunt Family Foundation in 1983 to support charitable agencies in the greater Kansas City community. The foundation provides multiple forms of philanthropic assistance to more than 125 area charities each year, helping to support a caring community that has given so much to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Hunt Family Foundation will present a check at halftime of Saturday night’s game to Cornerstones of Care.
Construction Surrounding Arrowhead
All fans are reminded that MoDOT has commenced a multi-year construction project on sections of I-435 and I-70. Please be advised that there will be detours on game day at the I-435 and I-70 Interchange for travelers on Southbound I-435 toward Arrowhead Stadium. Complete information regarding detours and construction plans can be found at modot.org/node/16145 and modot.org/i-435-and-i-70-interchange.
Parking lot gates for Saturday night’s game open at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase passes in advance on chiefs.com/parking. Purchasing parking passes in advance is a more cost-effective method and can help expedite entry into the Arrowhead Stadium parking lots. Parking passes can be accessed via the Chiefs Mobile App on game day.
Red Parking passes are $40 for pre-paid online at Chiefs.com and $60 cash only at the tollgates.
All Arrowhead Stadium gates will open at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. opening kickoff. Gates for guests with CommunityAmerica Club Level tickets will open at 4:30 p.m.
Ford Tailgate District
The Ford Tailgate District is returning to Arrowhead Stadium for the 2019 season. Located in Lot M outside of the Founder’s Plaza on the north side of the stadium, the free Ford Tailgate District features drink specials, food trucks, tailgating games and live entertainment leading up to kickoff of all Chiefs home games. The Ford Tailgate District will open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Lot M.
National Anthem and Color Guard
Country music artist Julia Cole is scheduled to perform the national anthem and this week’s color guard presentation will be conducted by the Overland Park Police Department.
GEHA Drum Deck
New in 2019, the club is introducing an exciting new space to the Arrowhead Stadium gameday experience, the GEHA Drum Deck. Located below the west scoreboard in the upper level, the GEHA Drum Deck is a new, permanent site for two gameday traditions – the Drum Honoree and the Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader. Shontel McGee, the Director of Pathways Transitional Living at Cornerstones of Care, will be Saturday’s Drum Honoree. Marty Huitt, Director of BIST at Cornerstones of Care, will be the game’s Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader on Saturday evening.
The new GEHA Drum Deck takes an exciting and important part of the gameday experience from the field level and elevates it to a more prominent position in the stadium, bringing fans in the upper level closer than ever before to a pair of special Arrowhead traditions.
Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat
To help celebrate the franchise’s 60th season, the Kansas City Chiefs introduced the Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat at Arrowhead Stadium. For each home game in the 2019 season, the club will select one honoree (plus one guest) who embodies the spirit of Lamar Hunt and represents the four pillars of the Chiefs Mission: Win with Character, Unite our Community, Inspire our Fans and Honor Tradition.
The two gold seats are located in Section 121 of the lower bowl, symbolically positioned under Lamar Hunt’s name in the team’s Ring of Honor. Saturday’s honoree is Jack McGovern, a selfless 9-year-old who helps raise money for children and families served by Cornerstones of Care.
Jack McGovern recently celebrated his 9th birthday in a unique way, by gathering his family to take part in a “9 Acts of Kindness” challenge. For one of his acts, Jack generously took some of his birthday money and put it toward buying birthday gifts for youth in foster care through Cornerstones of Care. A local radio station named Jack their “Kind Kid of the Month” and surprised Jack with a cash prize. Jack then raised the bar, taking a sizeable chunk of his cash prize and again putting the money towards a donation to Cornerstones of Care.
Safety and Security
The NFL’s clear bag policy is in place for all Chiefs games. Fans can visit chiefs.com/stadium/clearbag or nfl.com/allclear for additional information on the clear bag policy and a complete list of permitted and prohibited items. If fans have any or need assistance, Fan Experience can be reached at (816) 920-4237 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning four hours prior to kickoff, fans can text “CHIEFS”
Fans unable to attend Saturday’s game can stream all preseason action on the Chiefs Mobile App, where NFL Network reporter Ari Wolfe, former Chiefs QB Trent Green, ESPN analyst Todd McShay and Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel will be on the call. The game will also air locally on KCTV5. The game can be heard on KCFX 101 The Fox, home of the Chiefs Radio Network, as the “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus, former Chiefs LS Kendall Gammon and sideline reporter Dani Welniak bring the action. Tico Sports will also produce a Spanish broadcast on La Mega 1160 AM and KPPZ 100.5 FM, with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Leo Prieto on the call.
Timeline for Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 (All times p.m., CT)
2:00 — Parking Gates Open
2:30 — Ford Tailgate District Opens
4:30 — Club Level Gates Open
5:00 — All Stadium Gates Open
6:00 — Team Warm-Ups Begin
7:01 — National Anthem
7:04 — Coin Toss
7:06 — Opening Kickoff