The Kansas City Chiefs, owning the No. 2 seed in the AFC postseason, will take on the No. 3-seed Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Divisional Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 15, with kickoff set for 7:20 p.m. The team, Chiefs fans and all of Kansas City will be put in the national spotlight as the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC (KSHB locally). Below is important information to assist fans as they plan for Sunday's game.
Due to public safety concerns in light of the forecasted storm this weekend in the Kansas City area, Sunday's Steelers-Chiefs Divisional Playoff game on NBC has been moved to 7:20 p.m. CT. Moving the game is providing local authorities more time to clear roads in the area as the weather is expected to improve throughout Sunday. The decision to make the change was made in consultation with the NFL, state and local officials as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fans are encouraged to stay informed of weather conditions for Sunday's game by closely monitoring the local weather forecast. Fans are also advised to stay up-to-date on road conditions in the metro area by following both the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Transportation on their social media accounts – including @MoDOT_KC and @KansasCityKDOT on Twitter and MoDOT Kansas City and KDOT on Facebook.
Fans should still use extreme caution and care when traveling to the Truman Sports Complex on Sunday. Local officials, as well as the Chiefs, are recommending that fans stay on major highways as much as possible, leave early to allow plenty of time for travel and remain patient as weather will be a factor for everyone's commute.
PARKING AND STADIUM GATES
Due to the unique nature of the postseason and the weather forecast, the team has slightly adjusted all gate times for the parking lots and the stadium for Sunday's AFC Divisional Game. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m. Open park will last from 2-3 p.m. and direct parking will begin at 3 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium gates will open to all ticket holders at 5 p.m. For guests with tickets on the Scout Investments Club Level, stadium gates will open at 4 p.m. The Draft Room will also open at 4 p.m.
PROTECT YOUR PURCHASES
The Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium staff are advising fans to be aware of counterfeit and other fraudulent tickets in the postseason. All fans are encouraged to purchase tickets directly from the team or from the NFL Ticket Exchange and are advised to avoid ticket scalpers and purchasing pre-printed tickets because of the possibility of counterfeiting. Similarly, fans should avoid purchasing pre-printed parking passes from third-party sources and should only pay cash on gameday to uniformed parking staff located at the tollbooths.
All fans are encouraged to purchase parking passes in advance at www.chiefs.com/parking to secure the lowest possible price and save time at the tollgate. Prepaid parking passes for the Divisional Round purchased through the team are $35 (plus applicable fees) while parking at the tollgates on gameday will be $60 cash only. Over the course of the 2016 season, nearly 80% of cars that entered the Truman Sports Complex for a Chiefs game took advantage of prepaid parking. Prepaid parking passes will be available for purchase online up until parking gates open at 2 p.m.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
The NFL's clear bag policy is in place for all Chiefs games. Fans can visit www.nfl.com/allclear or www.chiefs.com/arrowhead/clearbagpolicy.html for important information on the clear bag policy and a complete list of permitted and prohibited items.
FORD FAN EXPERIENCE
The Ford Fan Experience, located on the Founder's Plaza on the north side of Arrowhead Stadium, is scheduled to open at 3 p.m. The area will feature social media stations, a DJ, face-painting and Chiefs- themed tailgate games and is open to all fans on gameday. Open time and some features are subject change depending on weather conditions.
HUNT FAMILY FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE
Sunday's 50/50 Raffle will benefit the Hunt Family Foundation, going to support youth education programs for local students in underserved communities. Throughout the course of the season, the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle has raised more than $646,000, with half of that total going to local charities and the other half going to winning ticketholders. More information on how fans can participate in the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle, including a list of official rules and regulations is available at http://www.chiefs.com/5050-raffle.html.
Platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks will perform the national anthem for Sunday's game. Sparks won the sixth season of *American Idol *at the age of 17.
Fans in need of assistance on gameday can visit one of the 20 Fans First locations in the parking lots or inside Arrowhead Stadium. Fans can also report any issues anonymously by texting "Chiefs"
your location and issue to 69050.
TUNE IN IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO ARROWHEAD
Fans that are unable to attend the AFC Divisional Game at Arrowhead Stadium can tune in to the game on KSHB locally where NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the call in the booth and Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox will report from the sideline. The game will also air on KCFX 101 The Fox, home of the Chiefs Radio Network, where Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus, Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson and former Pro Bowl long snapper Kendall Gammon will have the call. Tico Sports will also broadcast Sunday's game in Spanish on KCZZ 1480 AM with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Leo Prieto calling the action.