The Kansas City Chiefs will phase in a new tailgating policy this season, as first reported by Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
The skinny: Once the Chiefs’ game begins at Arrowhead Stadium, tailgaters will be asked to either move into the stadium or out of the parking lot.
Chiefs president Mark Donovan said the Chiefs are following a league-wide best practice, per Kerkhoff:
Donovan said over the next few home dates tailgaters who remain in the parking lot after the game has started and the toll and ticket booths have been cleared will be approached by team security personnel and informed of the new policy.
“The big reason is safety and security,” Donovan said, per Kerkhoff.
When considering the change, it’s important to keep in mind it comes five years after a death in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot. The Thormans had full coverage of the incident back in 2013 here. Also, Kerkhoff notes the Kansas City Royals, who use the same lots, clear their parking lots by the second inning.
While I understand the push for the change given the safety concerns, there is no denying the Chiefs are messing with the fabric of what makes them the Chiefs on this one. Tailgating is a major part of what makes going to Arrowhead Stadium fun, and I know of plenty of people that prefer to take in the game-day experience by listening to or watching from the parking lot. This is no longer an option.
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