KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs will share their upcoming season with fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
According to reporting from the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs announced plans for a reduced capacity of 22% when the season kicks off on Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans. With a seating capacity of around 76,000, the reduction would equate to about 16,700 fans.
The Chiefs said in a statement that the guidelines for the reduced capacity – which will apply to the first three home games – were established by the NFL and approved by Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, City of Kansas City Health Director Rex Archer and City of Kansas City EMS Medical Director Erica Carney.
The statement also said officials could alter the permitted capacity as the season goes on.
According to the Star, the Chiefs will adopt increased protocols inside the stadium such as anyone attending the game will need to wear a mask unless they are “actively eating or drinking.” Fans will need to bring their own masks.
Tickets for the first three home games will go on sale on Aug. 24, with season-ticket members having the first chance to buy them based on tenure. They will be sold in “pods,” and fans can purchase up to six seats in one pod.
Tailgating will still be permitted, however guests can only tailgate with those who also have tickets in their pod.
The stadium will move to a completely cashless system and physical distancing measures will be in place especially in seating areas and areas where lines and high-traffic tend to form.
The plan was carefully developed throughout the spring and summer with input from the team, University of Kansas Health System physicians, the Kansas City Health Department and the mayor’s office.
“Consistent with other Midwestern franchises, social distancing, masks, and change will be part of the experience as Kansas Citians return to the stands,” Lucas said in a statement, according to the Star. “I know the Chiefs Kingdom will continue to showcase its care for our community by making responsible health decisions this season — whether you’re planning on going to a game at Arrowhead Stadium or watching the game elsewhere.”