The Kansas City Chiefs will wrap up the 2018 preseason on Thursday, August 30 when the Green Bay Packers visit Arrowhead Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. Fans can find important information and reminders about Thursday's game below.
Play 60 at Arrowhead Stadium
Thursday's game at Arrowhead will focus on the NFL's Play 60 initiative and youth football, with over 5,000 tickets being distributed to youth players and coaches across Chiefs Kingdom. The Chiefs and Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt will recognize guests who have become involved with local Play 60 programs and personify the Play 60 ideals.
Four youth football teams, the Olathe South Falcons, Shawnee Mission West Vikings, Lee's Summit Titans and Blue Springs Chiefs, will join both the Chiefs and Packers during the national anthem. At halftime, all four teams will participate in a scrimmage on the Arrowhead field.
The Chiefs aim to help contribute to the NFL movement for an active generation by encouraging young fans to eat healthy and be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The Chiefs have championed spreading the NFL's Play 60 message of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating through schools, community groups and other agencies.
All fans are reminded that there will be increased traffic throughout the city for Thursday's game due to the outbound rush hour commute. Fans may experience delays and traffic congestion they might not normally experience for weekend contests and are therefore encouraged to plan accordingly.
Parking lot gates for Thursday's game open at 2:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to purchase their parking passes in advance to decrease the time spent at parking tollgates and help expedite the parking process for all gameday visitors. Parking passes can be purchased in advance for $35 at the Chiefs Ticket Office or online at www.chiefs.com/parking (with applicable Ticketmaster fees). Cash parking is $60 at the tollgates.
Ford Tailgate District
New to Arrowhead for the 2018 football season, the reimagined Ford Tailgate District will be open to all fans for game days this fall. This free space, located in Lot M near the Founder's Plaza on the north side of the stadium, will feature drink specials, food trucks and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. The Ford Tailgate District will be open at 3 p.m. and remain open until kickoff.
All Arrowhead Stadium gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Gates for guests with tickets on the Scout Investments Club Level will open at 5 p.m.
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"
Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle
Thursday's beneficiary of the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle will be the Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation. The Third and Long Foundation, founded by former Chiefs Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith, strives to sack illiteracy among urban youth and help children succeed in school and in the outside world overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles through social, cultural and educational activities and programs. Through the course of its five-year history, the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle has raised nearly $1.5 million for charity.
National Anthem and Color Guard
Symonne Sparks will perform Thursday's national anthem while the Kansas National Guard Color Guard will present the flag. Sparks, a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in vocal performance, trained with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and has performed the national anthem across collegiate and professional sporting events.
Fans that are unable to attend Thursday's game at Arrowhead Stadium can tune in to the game on KCTV5 locally where Carter Blackburn, ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay and Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel 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 long snapper Kendall Gammon and sideline reporter Dani Welniak will have the call. Tico Sports will also broadcast Thursday's game in Spanish on La Mega 1160 AM and KPPZ 100.5 FM with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Leo Prieto calling the action.