A fan guide to Wild Card Weekend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s playoff time, Kansas City!

The Kansas City Chiefs have a rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers after their regular season game last month.

In Week 16, the Chiefs beat the Steelers 36-10 behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. If the Chiefs can win again, they will head to the divisional round of the playoffs.

They are always focused on what is right in front of them.

“Right now, everything is Pittsburgh,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “It takes every effort right now to be ready for this team.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will likely be playing with a nothing to lose attitude when they take to the field at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We’re probably 20-point underdogs,” said Roethlisberger, probably retired, “and we’re up against the No. 1 team that’s won the AFC for the last two years – arguably the best team in football, we we’re out of luck. So let’s go, let’s play and have fun.

Still, both teams know that anything can happen in the playoffs.

“I think the first thing you realize is that at any time, one game can change the whole game,” Mahomes said. “It’s like that in the regular season, but the playoffs, it even goes to another level. A game can end your season or continue it.

If you’re heading to Arrowhead for this Wild Card match, here’s what you need to know:

Tickets

If you’re still looking for tickets, there are still plenty available. You can buy chiefs tickets online or on a third-party site like Tickets for Less or SeatGeek.

But be prepared to pay a pretty price. Even the cheapest third-tier seats are over $100 per ticket on Ticketmaster, while lower-tier seats are up for grabs at around $375.

All Chiefs games are mobile ticketing only. The team encourages fans to add their tickets to their mobile wallet to make it easier to get through the gate.

Pre-game timeline

The Chiefs’ final home game of the regular season kicks off at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at Arrowhead early as there is a lot going on in the stadium before the game starts. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your seats so you don’t miss any of the action on the pitch.

  • 2:30 p.m. – Opening of the car park doors
  • 3:00 p.m. – Ford Tailgate District opens
  • 4:30 p.m. – CommunityAmerica Club Level Doors Open
  • 5:00 p.m. – All stadium gates are open
  • 6:15 p.m. – Start of team warm-ups
  • 7:04 p.m. – Steelers team presentation
  • 7:07 p.m. – Presentation of the team of chefs
  • 7:10 p.m. – National anthem
  • 7:12 p.m. – Draw
  • 7:15 p.m. – Kick-off

Car park

The parking lots open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for a chilly afternoon of tailgating and Chiefs football.

Fans heading to the game should remember that all parking passes must be pre-purchased online. Payments will not be accepted at the car park gates.

Regular parking passes are $45 this season. If you are bringing a bus or RV, you will need to purchase another pass which costs $100. You will be able to access your parking pass on the Chiefs mobile app.

Traffic is usually congested near the stadiums as fans flock to cheer on the Chiefs. Plan ahead, check traffic conditions and arrive early.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is also warning Chiefs fans about bridge repairs closer to downtown. Westbound Interstate 70 near the curve at Benton Boulevard and 18th Street will remain closed through the weekend after the bridge was damaged by a deadly fire.

All eastbound lanes of I-70 are still open, so if you’re coming to the game from downtown or the Kansas side of the subway, that shouldn’t be a problem. But you will have to find another route to get home.

Match day predictions

Grab your jackets, Chiefs fans. It’s going to be a cold game at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend.

After a week of warm temperatures, the Kansas City area is expecting a winter storm on Saturday and that will leave cold weather for game day.

Temperatures during the tailgating and during Sunday’s game will be in the high 30s with partly cloudy skies. It won’t be too windy, but the wind chill will still make it feel like it’s in the 20s.

Walk through the door

All stadium gates open at 5 p.m. Sunday, about two hours before kick-off.

Arrowhead Stadium has a Empty Bag Policy, and that means fans are only allowed to bring a clear plastic bag, one-gallon clear zipper bag, or a small pouch into the stadium. Backpacks, fanny packs, handbags and the like are not permitted.

Speaking of things that aren’t allowed, things like food, weapons, noisemakers, laser pointers, and fireworks are prohibited in Arrowhead.

Fans are still allowed to bring sealed water bottles, blankets, small umbrellas, signs and flags. To see the full list of prohibited and permitted items.

New last season: The team banned American Indian headdresses or face paint. General face painting is still allowed.

Masks not required

After Kansas City’s mask mandate expires, masks are no longer required in interior spaces at Arrowhead Stadium, such as the pro shop, club level and more.

The Chiefs are still encouraging those who are not fully vaccinated to mask up at the stadium. The team also said unvaccinated staff members will be asked to wear masks.

No cash allowed

The Chiefs went completely cashless last season, and that will continue going forward.

Not all concession stands and retail outlets allow cash. Traditional credit and debit card options are still available, and mobile wallet payments like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay are also accepted.

The spirit of leaders

Chiefs fans heading into Sunday’s game against the Steelers will be treated to an exciting sight. Tech N9ne is scheduled to perform at halftime of the Chiefs’ Super Wild Card Weekend game.

The rapper and Kansas City native has sold over two million albums, but most Chiefs fans will no doubt recognize his hit “Red Kingdom.”

The Chiefs haven’t released many details about his show, but we’re guessing there will be plenty of fans sticking around for halftime this Sunday.

To add to the fun, two former Chiefs stars will thrill the crowds this week on the GEHA Drum Deck.

Former Chiefs running back Priest Holmes was named this week’s Drum Honoree and will be able to hit the Chiefs’ giant drum. Holmes was a three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection.

When he retired in 2007, he was the Chiefs’ all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and career rushing yards. He was then inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2014.

Meanwhile, former catcher Dante Hall, perhaps best known as “X-Factor,” will be the game’s Tony DiPardo Spirit Leader. Hall was a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro-Bowl selection during his time with the Chiefs.

Before the game, “The Voice” season 20 winner Cam Anthony will sing the national anthem as the Kansas City, Kansas, fire department presents the nation’s colors.

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