The Kansas City Chiefs will host their first home game of the 2018 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 23, as they take on the San Francisco 49ers for a noon kickoff. Fans can find important information and reminders about Sunday's game below.
Make your game plan by visiting www.chiefs.com/parking. Parking lot gates for Sunday's game open at 7a.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase their parking passes in advance to save money and help expedite the parking process for all gameday visitors. All single event parking passes are mobile entry and should be added to fans' mobile wallet and ready to scan at the parking tollgates.
Parking passes can be purchased in advance for $35 online at www.chiefs.com/parking. Cash parking at the tollgate on gameday will be $60.
All Arrowhead Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. for the noon kickoff. Gates for guests with tickets on the Scout Investments Club Level will open at 9:30 a.m. Those fans with mobile tickets should have their tickets added to their mobile wallet and ready to scan when they reach the stadium gates to expedite entry.
Sunday's Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Also the beneficiary of Red Friday flag sales from Friday, Sept. 7, RMHC-KC helps keep families with sick children close to each other and provides the care and resources they need. The 50/50 Raffle prices are set at three tickets for $5, 10 tickets for $10 and 60 tickets for $20. For more information on RMHC-KC, visit www.rmhckc.org or for information on the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle, visit www.chiefs.com/fans/5050raffle.
Ford Tailgate District
Making its debut for the 2018 football season, free Ford Tailgate District will be open to all fans for game days this fall. This party area, located in Lot M near the Founder's Plaza on the north side of the stadium, will feature free entry to all ages, drink specials, food trucks and live entertainment throughout pregame. The Ford Tailgate District will open at 7:30 a.m. and will remain open until kickoff.
STM Kickoff Countdown Tent
New to the 2018 regular season, the STM Kickoff Countdown hospitality tent will be an exclusive area for Season Ticket Members on gameday. Open 10 a.m. to kickoff, this ticketed event space will offer Season Ticket Members complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Located between Gate G and the Hy-Vee Gate on Plaza Level, the tent will also feature a DJ, photobooth, KC Wolf and Chiefs Cheerleaders, plus a STM-branded koozie giveaway. To secure STM Kickoff Countdown tickets, Season Ticket Members may visit www.ChiefsKingdomRewards.com or through the Chiefs Mobile App.
Faith and Family Chapel
For the fifth year in a row, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will join with the Kansas City Chiefs to offer a non-denominational pregame chapel service for fans at Arrowhead Stadium who may miss their normal Sunday worship opportunities due to Chiefs games. The service, which is held in the east side of the Pavilion on the south side of Arrowhead Stadium, will take place every week there is a noon home game. Every service will feature a message and supplemental worship music beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding by 10:15 a.m. Sunday's service will be led by Chiefs team chaplain Marcellus Casey and music will be performed by Marvin Mumford.
Safety and Security
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. If fans have questions or need assistance, they can contact Fan Experience at (816) 920-4237 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning four hours prior to kickoff, fans can text "CHIEFS"
National Anthem and Color Guard
The Kansas City Police Department, led by Jason Gammill, will present the colors. The national anthem will be performed by retired Navy Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson. During the national anthem a full-field sized flag will be unfurled.
Game Ball Presentation
Two-year-old Roman Dinkel of Overland Park, Kansas, will present Sunday's game ball. Roman has been living with spina bifida since he was born. He has beat the odds of not being able to walk and currently is able to walk with the help of crutches – or as he calls them, "sticks." A Facebook post of Roman walking with his dog, Maggie, went viral with over 22 million views in a week, and Roman became a star as he and his family were interviewed by CBS News, Fox and Buzzfeed.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early as F-18 pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron 105, nicknamed the "Gunslingers" and Strike Fighter Squadron 131 "Wildcats" from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, will fly over before kickoff.
Sunday's drum ceremony will be led by Chiefs Hall of Fame Running Back Christian Okoye. Nicknamed the "Nigerian Nightmare," Okoye spent six years with the Chiefs where he led the league in rushing once (1989), made two Pro Bowls (1989, 1991) and made three playoff appearances.
Fans that are unable to attend Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium can tune in to the game on WDAF (FOX4) locally where Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager will be on the broadcast. The game will also air on KCFX 101 The Fox, home of the Chiefs Radio Network, where "Voice of the Chiefs" Mitch Holthus, former Chiefs longsnapper Kendall Gammon and sideline reporter Dani Welniak will have the call. Tico Sports will also broadcast Sunday's game in Spanish on KCTO 1160 AM/100.5 FM with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Leo Prieto calling the action.
Chiefs fans can tune into the club's official pregame show, Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider, on KCTV at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. The club's official postgame show, Chiefs Rewind presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, airs immediately following Sunday's 10:30 p.m. news on KCTV.
Fans at Arrowhead Stadium and at home can check in with team reporter BJ Kissel for last minute updates prior to the game with Field Pass presented by Microsoft Surface. The 15-minute Facebook Live special broadcast begins approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff of every home and away game.
Pregame Timeline (all times a.m. unless otherwise noted)
- 7:00 – Parking Lots Open
- 7:30 – Ford Tailgate District Opens
- 9:30 – Scout Investments Club Level Gates Open
- 9:30 – Faith and Family Chapel
- 10:00 – All Stadium Gates Open
- 10:30 – Players Take the Field; Warm-Ups Begin
- 11:53 – Chiefs Player Introductions with Pyrotechnics
- 11:57 – National Anthem with Full-Field Flag
- 11:59 – F-18 Flyover
- Noon – Coin Toss
- 12:01 p.m. – Drum Ceremony: Christian Okoye
- 12:02 p.m. – Kickoff