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Bars, fans prepare for Chiefs home opener

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 18:24:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The stands at Arrowhead Stadium will look very different for the home opener Thursday night.

With only 22 percent capacity allowed, about 16,000 fans are allowed to attend the game in-person.

Fans tell 41 Action News they would rather be watching the game the traditional way in a packed stadium, but this year they are just happy to watch their team play in any way they can.

Kansas City resident and Chiefs season ticket holder Landon Neighbors said he will watch the game at home with friends.

"I'm excited, something to finally look forward to, we've been looking forward to it all year," Neighbors said.

Neighbors said he decided to transfer his season tickets to next year because he didn't feel the price of this year's tickets was worth it.

"It's going to be weird sitting at home watching home games. I'm used to losing my voice every week at Arrowhead," Neighbors said.

Fans who aren't watching from home will likely be at restaurants or bars like the Blue Line, which has several safety protocols in place for Thursday's game.

Owner Steve Stegall said the bar has outdoor seating, socially-distanced tables, temperature checks and is requiring masks be worn inside.

"We want to make sure everybody's safe, you know we want to have fun, but we've got to do it with caution on top of it," Stegall said.

Fans at Arrowhead have their own set of rules. Masks are required and social distancing practices are in place. When it's time for kickoff, the 16,000 fans in the stadium will be on a national stage.

Chiefs President Mark Donovan spoke about the importance of fans following the guidelines.

"We need you to do this right, the sport needs you to do this right and frankly America needs you to do this right so we can prove that we can do more of this," Donovan said.