By Travis Mounts
The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will have fans in the seats at Arrowhead Stadium during the 2020 season.
The Chiefs made that announcement on Monday. It came with the approval of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas and other local health officials.
Plans called a reduced capacity of around 22 percent. With a seating capacity of 76,416, that comes out to around 16,800 fans.
There will be a number of safety protocols that were developed in conjunction with the National Football League and the University of Kansas Health System.
Single-game tickets for the season’s first three games will go on sale this Monday. Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase them first, in order of tenure, through their ticket accounts. Season ticket holders are being contacted by email.
Tickets will be sold in pods of six. Fans will be required to sit with known guests in their pods. After season ticket holders, Jackson County, Mo., residents will be next to buy tickets. The general public can purchase tickets after that, although a firm date has not been set.
Different capacities are possible for games later in the season. The same pecking order will be utilized for ticket sales for later games.
A full breakdown of safety protocols is available at the team’s website, www.chiefs.com/stadium/covid.
Some of the protocols are:
• High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized before, during and after each game with hospital-grade disinfectants.
• Guests will see new physical distancing measures in place, including in seating areas, in areas where lines tend to form, as well as in high-traffic areas.
• Hand sanitization stations have been installed throughout the stadium for fan use.
• The stadium will be completely cashless to minimize contact between guests and staff during payment transactions. Traditional scan and chip options for credit and debits cards will remain in place at all points of sale. Tap payment and other mobile wallet payment platforms such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay will also be accepted.
• Masks will be required at all times for fans attending games at Arrowhead Stadium, with the exception of when fans are actively eating or drinking. While fans are asked to bring their own mask to use upon entering the complex, the Chiefs will provide a commemorative mask to all fans who attend the first three games.
• All available parking for 2020 will be general (red) parking. Cash will not be accepted at parking tollgates; all parking must be purchased in advance online. Parking will only be open to ticket holders, and the club reserves the right to confirm that guests have tickets prior to allowing them into parking lots. Cars will be parked in every-other parking spot to encourage physical distancing.
Chiefs fans are known for their tailgating. It will be allowed in the parking lot, but guests should only use the tailgate area behind their vehicle to maintain proper physical distancing between groups. Fans are encouraged to wear masks in parking areas as well. Guests will only be allowed to tailgate with fans who have tickets within their ticket pod. A tailgate-free zone will be provided for fans who prefer that option.
At game time, fans will be required to enter the stadium via a specific gate based on their ticket location.