Sep 20, 2009; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans tailgate before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Tailgate Tips! The Arrowhead Stadium Parking Pass!

Football at Arrowhead is a big part of the reason I make the three hour trek to the greatest NFL stadium in the world. Game after game, year after year, your Arrowhead Adventurer can be seen in Amen Corner, tirelessly supporting the red and gold.

And being smack dab in the middle of training camp reminds me football is just around the corner.

The other part is tailgating of course. The best tailgating in the world.

One of the most common questions I’m asked, as the official Arrowhead Addict Game Day Reporter, is questions about the parking.

What do the different kinds of parking passes mean? Which are the best to get? Why not just purchase general admission?

You have questions, y0ur Arrowhead Adventurer has answers! Read on.

The cheapest parking is outside the stadium. You can park along side the road and hoof it to your seats. This option is cheap, important in todays economy, but unless you wander around crashing other peoples parties, tailgating is not gonna happen.

Private parking is the next option. It can be cheap, five bucks or so, and you will not get towed (a risk parking along the road) but again no tailgating and a long hike to your seats.

General admission offers a nice alternative. Tailgating is good,  and you have a much shorter walk to your seats than outside the stadium.  Your car is probably much more secure while you are in the game, and you can resume your tailgating once the game ends.

Red parking passes are next. When purchasing them from the Kansas City Chiefs organization, you must also purchase season tickets. Additionally you have to purchase an entire seasons worth , including preseason. They usually run about five bucks more than general admission. Red sections are closer to the stadium, right in the middle actually. The tailgating is the best I think. Single game passes can be purchased on the secondary market, such as ebay etc. but they are very high on average (two or three times face value). The red parking pass is the option I have chosen in recent years. My financial situation this year has forced me to examine other options.

Gold parking passses are the most expensive, and the same rules apply for gold as red as far as purchasing.

The gold section is the closest to the stadium. Closest to the stadium means there will be a huge crowd in front of you when the game lets out.

Gold passes must be purchased along with certain premium season ticket packages. I have never purchased them, but have used single game passes. My impression is the tailgating is more entertaining in the red sections but this a matter of personal opinion.

General admission, red, and gold parking passes allow you to unpack those leftovers and resume your tailgating after the game. I do this often, and you should plan on it too.

You can stay at least an hour or so before the little golf cart guards wave you on.

By that time the exiting crowds are much thinner,  and you don’t have to worry about dinner when you get home.

Parking options are an important part of your game day, so plan accordingly.

See you there!


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