The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots are set to kick off the AFC championship at 5:40 Arrowhead Time Sunday, and the Chiefs are providing several reasons to get in your seat early.
1. Clark Hunt is listed as the drum honoree.
Chiefs owner, chairman and CEO Clark Hunt will set the tone at Arrowhead Stadium as the game’s drum honoree. The moment will have a bigger build than usual, with the Chiefs having an opportunity to bring home the Lamar Hunt Trophy for the first time in team history.
2. The Chiefs plan to play FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd’s video in order to get the crowd going early.
If you haven’t seen it, the following video of FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd has been making the rounds this week:
lol— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 16, 2019
What say you, #ChiefsKingdom? pic.twitter.com/ilhLmBdAD5
Andy Reid responded accordingly.
There is a plan in place to play the clip at some point during the game to get the crowd even more juiced up to rattle Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It will be a can’t-miss moment.
3. Melissa Etheridge will sing the national anthem.
Hey @Chiefs #ChiefKingdom here I come!! Thanks @HyVee for the bandana!! @ArrowheadPride @dpshow @richeisen @PSchrags @pgsween pic.twitter.com/qrwM5NR86V— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) January 19, 2019
Grammy award winner Melissa Etheridge will sing the national anthem prior to the game, and the ceremony is expected to include a flyover.
4. The Chiefs will announce the defense on to the field, with some combination of Justin Houston and Eric Berry coming out last.
Based upon the weekly rotation, the Chiefs will be announcing the defense onto the field first, with Justin Houston and Eric Berry coming out last. Berry, who is expected to go, hasn’t played for the Chiefs since Week 16 and could provide the team with a significant boost in the most important game in Arrowhead Stadium history. The ovation should be deafening.
5. The Chiefs have a number of surprise guests planned throughout the game.
There are former Chiefs planned to be in attendance, ranging from Hall of Famers to members of the team from the last AFC title game to some of the most beloved Chiefs in team history.
This is one of those games in which it will be tough to find a good time to go to the bathroom.
BONUS: Get in so you could practice your Arrowhead Stadium noisemaker hack.
In case you missed it, a fan post came through this week with some fresh ideas on how to be even louder at Arrowhead Stadium. You can check that out here.