Kansas City Chiefs fans gathered at Arrowhead Stadium to cheer their team to victory and clinch the playoffs on Sunday afternoon. All while spreading holiday cheers on Christmas Eve.
Fans refused to let the 20 degree weather stop them from enjoying a game as they cheered their Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Arrowhead Stadium wasn’t full but over 65,000 fans gathered to watch their team break franchise records and share their holiday cheer with one another. Add a Chiefs victory on top of all that, and it made for a pretty good Sunday.
My father-in-law and I went to the game, making it our second year of the Christmas game tradition. My wife and her mother bought us tickets last year for the Christmas night game against the Denver Broncos. We decided to make it a tradition every year to go to a game together around Christmas weekend. We woke up Sunday morning, suited up, and made our way to Arrowhead.
The bitter cold of Kansas City meant layering up but it wasn’t going to stop us. Last year we stood out in the rain all night and it was still the best game I had attended. This was another good one as the Chiefs clinched the AFC West for the second year in a row. This was the first time in franchise history the organization has won the division in back to back years.
Quarterback Alex Smith had a good game as well, breaking the 4,000-yard mark for the season for the first time in his career. Smith had some beautiful throws deep throughout the game making it an exciting game for fans to jump out of their seats. All around me, fans were cheering and high fiving throughout the game.
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We ran into one of my best friends who was in town and got to watch the game with him for half of the game. I got to celebrate the Chiefs game and the holiday with my father-in-law and one of my best friends in one of my favorite places on earth. Turns out we were even shown on the broadcast doing the tomahawk chop just shy of the fourth quarter two-minute warning. My phone was blowing up the rest of the game.
As we have made it a tradition in the last two years for Christmas, I wanted to hear about other stories from fans that got to experience Arrowhead on Christmas Eve as well. I asked around and a few people shared their stories and pictures. It was really cool to get to talk to all of you and share the joy of the afternoon.
These are just a few of the fans that endured the cold weather to spend a great afternoon at Arrowhead with family and friends. Making memories during the holidays is always an amazing experience. Some of these people got to go for their first time and I hope it was nothing short of amazing. I’m not able to share the photos everyone sent me but here are their stories. Happy Holiday’s Addicts!
“Amazing!! My first game ever, just the atmosphere of so many K.C. Chiefs fan was just incredible… definitely walked out with a migraine it was so loud but so worth it. 100 degrees or 0 degrees I will for sure be going back! A day I will never forget”
“There is no other place like Arrowhead and luckily today I was able to be there with family from all over the country! Thankful to have the Chiefs to bring us all together for a great time and of course a great win.”
“I currently live on the Gulf Coast and it was my first ever game at Arrowhead. I have been a Chiefs fan all my life. The atmosphere was unreal and the fan experience was phenomenal.”
“There was a good vibe going in the stadium even with fewer people. The noise was not as loud as normal, but Chiefs fans seemed to get loud when it counted. There were several Dolphins dressed fans around us, but everyone was nice to each other, no screaming and yelling. The Dolphins fans did start to leave early. I am not sure if that was because of the cold, or they thought their team had no chance, but the mass exodus started around 5 minutes left in the game. All of us Chiefs fans were giving out high fives and saying Merry Christmas and it was a very happy atmosphere leaving the game. (We stayed until the very end.) People were shouting ‘playoffs!’ and ‘AFC West Champs!’ and smiling as they were leaving.”