KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium in Week 13 of the regular season for an AFC West matchup with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Opening kickoff is slated for 3:25 p.m.
Fans can find important information and reminders regarding Sunday afternoon’s game below.
Chiefs Recognize American Indian Heritage Month
The Chiefs will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month in a variety of ways this Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. The day’s events will commence with a ceremonial Blessing of the Four Directions, conducted by Fred Thomas, Vice Chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, followed by a Drum Blessing by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member Cody Hall, coinciding with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s group performance of a ceremonial drum honor song.
Following the ceremonial blessings, our nation’s colors will be presented by the Kansas Native American Color Guard and singer/songwriter Tabitha Fair, native of the Chickasaw Nation, will perform Sunday afternoon’s national anthem.
Toys for Tots Collection
A partnership in its 54th year, the Kansas City Chiefs, along with local members of the Marine Corps Combat Logistics Regiment 4 and local representatives of the Marine Corps League, are hosting the annual Toys for Tots collection at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to donate new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to the age of 15 as they enter the Arrowhead Stadium gates. United States Marines will also be accepting cash and check donations (made out to “Toys for Tots”) at these stadium collection points if fans prefer to make a monetary donation to support a local child in need this holiday season. To kick off the Toys for Tots drive, the Chiefs Red Coaters, with the help of DICK’S Sporting Goods, donated 70 youth bicycles to the collection. This drive is the longest of its kind between an NFL franchise and the Marine Corps.
Road Construction Surrounding Arrowhead Stadium
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 Sunday afternoon’s game open at 10:30 a.m. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase passes in advance at 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 when pre-paid online at chiefs.com/parking and $60 cash only at the tollgates.
All Arrowhead Stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m. for the 3:25 p.m. kickoff. Gates for guests with tickets to the CommunityAmerica Club Level will open at 1 p.m.
Ford Tailgate District
The Ford Tailgate District will continue to be present at all Chiefs home games throughout the 2019 season. Located in Lot M outside of the Founder’s Plaza on the north side of Arrowhead 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 11 a.m. on Sunday in Lot M.
GEHA Drum Deck
New in 2019, the club has introduced an exciting new space to add 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. Actor, comedian and Missouri native David Koechner will serve as this week’s Drum Honoree and Special Olympian Bradley Tanner from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will be Sunday afternoon’s Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader.
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 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.
This week’s Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat honoree is Jerry Tuckwin, United States Air Force and Vietnam War veteran. Following his service in the United States military, Tuckwin served as a coach and athletic department administrator, becoming a critical figure in the development of student-athletes navigating through their transition to college life. Tuckwin also continues to be an active figure in the operations of his tribal nation, the Prairie Band Potawatomi.
Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle
This week’s Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle beneficiary will be City Year Kansas City. City Year provides holistic support to students, classrooms and the whole school, helping ensure that students in under-resourced schools are prepared with the skills and mindsets to thrive and contribute to their communities. More information on City Year Kansas City can be found at cityyear.org/kansas-city. Chiefs President Mark Donovan will be making his way through the Arrowhead Stadium parking lots prior to kickoff on Sunday selling Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle tickets to benefit City Year.
For the first time, the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle will receive additional charitable support as Pat Cocherl and the Cocherl Family Foundation have committed to matching the total donation raised for City Year Kansas City, doubling the amount of money that the charity will receive from the HFF 50/50 Raffle. More information about the Cocherl Family Foundation can be found at cocherlfamilyfoundation.org.
Tickets are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 60 for $20. Fans who are not at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday can also participate in the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle by visiting chiefs.com/fans/5050raffle. Online sales are currently live, but fans must be located in the state of Missouri at the time they purchase a ticket online. The winning ticket will be announced during the fourth quarter of the game and winners do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets will remain on sale through the end of the third quarter. To help make purchasing raffle tickets at Arrowhead Stadium more accessible, a credit card option is now available at kiosks located inside the stadium. The winner has 30 days to redeem their ticket. The winning ticket will be announced in-stadium and at chiefs.com/fans/5050raffle.
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 issues or need assistance, Fan Experience can be reached at (816) 920-4237 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Beginning four hours prior to kickoff, fans can text “CHIEFS” <space> YOUR LOCATION AND ISSUE to 69050 for assistance.
Fans unable to attend Sunday’s game can tune in to KINA (910 AM and 107.5 FM) and 99KG (99.9 FM) as “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus, former Chiefs LS Kendall Gammon and Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel bring the action. The NFL on CBS crew of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call for Sunday afternoon’s national broadcast. ESPN Radio will also produce a national radio broadcast with the crew of Jason Benetti and Dusty Dvoracek, and Tico Sports will have a Spanish broadcast on La Mega 1160 AM and KPPZ 100.5 FM featuring Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham. Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel and former Chiefs LB Shawn Barber provide fans with last-minute Chiefs updates on Field Pass. Field Pass streams live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the Chiefs Mobile App approximately 45 minutes prior to kickoff of every Chiefs home and away game. After the game, fans can tune in to Chiefs Rewind on all Chiefs social channels to get live postgame reaction, exclusive interviews and live press conferences from outside of the Chiefs locker room.
Timeline for Sunday (All times listed below are CT)
10:30 a.m. — Parking Gates Open
11 a.m. — Ford Tailgate District Opens
1 p.m. — Club Level Gates Open
1:30 p.m. — All Stadium Gates Open
2:25 p.m. — Team Warm-Ups Begin
3:14 p.m. — Raiders Team Intro
3:15 p.m. — Chiefs Team Intro
3:19 p.m. — National Anthem
3:23 p.m. — Coin Toss
3:25 p.m. — Opening Kickoff