'Worst experience I've ever had': Tales from the parking 'disaster' at Arrowhead

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As I was watching Friday's 49ers-Chiefs game, I noticed in the second quarter that there was still a long line of fans still coming into the stadium. It was dark(er) by that time so I could see the headlights of a ton of cars still in line to come into the stadium. This seemed odd. I did a Twitter search for Chiefs parking and uncovered tons of complaints about the Chiefs parking situation last night.

If you weren't at Arrowhead for Friday's 49ers-Chiefs game you may not realize there was an apparent parking "disaster", according to a number of fans who reported complaints of the Chiefs parking situation on TwitterFacebook and in our comments section.

I spoke with someone from the Chiefs and can confirm that they are aware of those complaints about the time it took to get into the stadium, they apologize for that and plan to review with their parking partner what went wrong.

I could see from my seat in the press box a long line of cars still trying to get into the stadium early on in the second quarter. At most games there is not a flood of cars still entering the stadium in the second quarter because people are, you know, inside the stadium.

"Been going to Arrowhead for years. Worst parking and security experience I've ever had." -AP Facebook reader Nick

It being a preseason game and rush hour traffic along the major highways like I-435 and I-70 was the reason some fans arrived late. Those are the fans that seem to be the most affected by the parking problems on Friday night.

"Worst experience at [A]rrowhead," AP Facebook reader Carl wrote. "Drive from [O]klahoma, got there at 6 and didn't get in my seat until halftime. In line for 2.5 hours."

Another AP Facebook reader, Kyle, writes: "I have been a season ticket holder my entire life and never have I seen anything as screwed as the parking at Arrowhead yesterday."

There were a lot of statements like that. Read on.

@DJCross202 wrote: "Ridiculous, we had to cancel our tailgate. Worst Chiefs parking experience in 20+ y[ears]."

Nick: "Been going to Arrowhead for years. Worst parking and security experience I've ever had. Was not pleased."

@rigoneri: "Was going to the Chiefs game... Had reserved parking and some great seats!! But after 1:30 in traffic couldn't get in the stadium... Sucks!"

Brandon: "Absolute disaster with parking and getting into the stadium. Missed most of the first half [because] of it. Ridiculous."

"All in all, a big fail," another Brandon wrote on Facebook.

It's still unclear exactly what happened as far as the specific parking procedures go, but I did speak with someone from the Chiefs about it. The person said the Chiefs are aware that it was not a good situation for many fans, and for that they want to apologize to Chiefs fans affected by it. The person also said the Chiefs and their parking partner will sit down to review their procedures.

Obviously something has to give, and soon. The next two key dates: August 29 (last preseason game vs. Green bay) and September 15 (home opener vs. Dallas).

The Chiefs home opener against Dallas is arguably the most popular game of the season.

I shared several of the complains above but @DavidLBallew did a great job of tweeting his frustrations from start to finish last night so I'll let him take it from here.

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