Help out an Australian Chiefs Fan Set to Visit Kansas City


Sep 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer in the first half against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Traveling abroad can be exhilarating. It can also be taxing.

Did I pack enough? What should I see first? Did that bug just bite me? Is that a bump? Is that a malaria bump? Are there malaria bumps? Panic attack. End scene.

That being the case, whenever Kansas City Chiefs fans touch down from beyond the border, we’re always quick to lend a helping hand.

An Australian reader, Tim, writes:

"Hey guysLong time Australian reader here and huge chiefs fan. I’m visiting Kansas City in March for a few days and really want the whole Chiefs experience. I know March is the worst time for football but something is better than nothing right.I was hoping you could do me a favor and put up a post asking for suggestions, tips and ideas about what to see and do whilst there. I’d love a stadium tour but no idea how that can be arranged/is even possible in March?! Things like that for instance.Can you help? (I imagine now isn’t the best time being Mid season, but when you think it’s possible I’d greatly appreciate it)"

To answer the first question, per, public stadium tours only run throughout the season. However, private tours are available year-round, though they’re “recommended for groups of 10 or more” and “priced based on group size.”

In terms of other suggestions, checking out a barbecue—something Kansas City and Chiefs tailgates are renowned for—joint or six should headline the to-do list. (Pro tip: If you’re not a BBQ guy, prepare your book of lies—trying to lose weight, mesquite allergy, “I only eat what I kill,” etc.—ahead of time. And avoid members of the “vegeta-“ family of words while doing so.)

As far as the NFL goes, the (preseason) games normally don’t kick off until August, but March, per ESPN, actually plays host to two key dates:

"March 2: Deadline (before 4 p.m. ET) for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.March 10: 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4 p.m. ET. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET."

In other words, social media will be abuzz with Chiefs news.

Due to March Madness, the bars at Power & Light—a 10-minute drive from Arrowhead (see patriotic orgasm below)—will be jam-packed for basketball.

Sporting KC, the local soccer club, also has a home game on March 8.

Aside from sports, there are a number of things to do in Kansas City, but it all depends on personal taste.

Any other suggestions, Chiefs fans?