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Important Information for Thursday Night Football at Arrowhead Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Los Angeles Chargers on “Thursday Night Football” at 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Fans can find important information and reminders about Thursday’s game below. 

Chiefs Legends Game

Thursday night marks the club’s annual Legends Game presented by Empower Retirement at Arrowhead Stadium. As part of the celebration, Chiefs alumni will be on hand and recognized throughout the course of the game. Select Chiefs legends will be signing autographs in the Hall of Honor inside Arrowhead before the game from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (Subject to change).

At halftime, 2018 Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gonzalez will have his name enshrined in the Ring of Honor. Gonzalez played 17 NFL seasons, including 12 with the Chiefs. During his time in Kansas City, he set franchise records for receptions (916), receiving yards (10,940), receiving touchdowns (76) and 100-yard games (26). For his career, Gonzalez is second all-time in NFL history with 1,325 receptions and ranks second among all NFL tight ends with 111 career TDs. Gonzalez is the 48th member and third tight end inducted to the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Weeknight Traffic

All fans are reminded that there will be increased traffic throughout the city for Thursday night’s game due to the outbound rush hour commute. Fans may experience delays and traffic congestion that they might not normally experience for weekend contests and should plan accordingly.

“Due to the Chiefs Thursday night game and evening rush hour we are alerting motorists of the anticipated increase in traffic volume,” The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a statement. “MoDOT KC is encouraging motorists to make adjustments to their commute.”

Parking Gates

Make your game plan by visiting www.chiefs.com/parking. Parking lot gates for Thursday’s game open at 2:30 p.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. 

Stadium Gates

All Arrowhead Stadium gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:20 p.m. kickoff. Gates for guests with tickets on the Scout Investments Club Level will be open at 5 p.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.

Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle

The beneficiary of this week’s Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle is Camp Quality Greater Kansas City. Camp Quality is a volunteer-driven, volunteer-run and community-funded non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer, and their families. Camp Quality Greater Kansas City's programs are designed to foster life skills and encourage children affected by cancer to develop their full potential, while promoting hope and inspiration for them and their families. Prices are set at three tickets for $5, 10 tickets for $10 and the “Primetime Special” offer of 100 tickets for $20. For more information on Camp Quality or the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle, please visit www.campqualityusa.org/gkc and www.chiefs.com/5050-raffle.html.

Ford Tailgate District

The free Ford Tailgate District is 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, features free entry to all ages, drink specials, food trucks and live entertainment throughout pregame. The Ford Tailgate District will open at 3 p.m. and will remain open until kickoff.

On Thursday, the first 1,000 visitors to the Ford Tailgate District will receive a Chiefs mitten koozie, courtesy of Bud Light.

NFL Network’s “NFL Gameday Kickoff” will be broadcasting live from the Ford Tailgate District prior to Thursday’s game from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Colleen Wolfe, “NFL Gameday Kickoff” features insights and analysis from former players and coaches previewing Thursday night’s game.

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 fanexperience@chiefs.com. Beginning four hours prior to kickoff, fans can text “CHIEFS” <SPACE> YOUR LOCATION AND ISSUE to 69050 for assistance. 

National Anthem

Thursday’s national anthem will be performed by world renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips. Phillips is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the “Big Three” of American soul and pop music: Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder. Phillips has performed at a number of professional sporting events, most notably the 2016 NFC Championship Game. The colors will be presented by the Kansas Native American Veteran Color Guard.

Tune In

Fans that are unable to attend Thursday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium can tune in to the game on WDAF (FOX) locally where Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink 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 Thursday’s game in Spanish on KCTO 1160 AM/100.5 FM with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Leo Prieto calling the action. 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 one hour prior to kickoff of every home and away game.

Pregame Timeline (all times p.m.)

  • 2:30—Parking Lots Open
  • 3:00—Ford Tailgate District Opens
  • 5:00—Scout Investments Club Level Gates Open
  • 5:30—All Stadium Gates Open
  • 5:50—Players Take the Field; Warm-Ups Begin
  • 7:13—Chiefs Player Introductions with Pyrotechnics
  • 7:17—National Anthem
  • 7:20—Coin Toss
  • 7:21—Drum Ceremony: Chiefs Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez
  • 7:22—Kickoff

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