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Crews strategize how to best tackle Chiefs game day snow

Posted at 3:52 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 20:49:23-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Snow is expected to fall at Arrowhead Stadium during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Denver Broncos Sunday.

Preparations have started as Martz Bros. Snow Management has a lot of ground to cover. Friday, crews delivered ice melt and salt to Arrowhead Stadium in order for pre-treatment efforts Saturday.

"It’s a task and a hurdle that we love," Jim Martz said.

Martz says winter weather means game day for crews and the snow could begin during the Chiefs game.

“We’ll plan on having boots on the ground, hand workers on the apron and some trucks to spread some salt in the lot," Martz said.

As the Chiefs watch film, Martz said his crews are also planning how to best tackle the inclement weather.

“Everything gets better and easier as you do it longer, but snow removal there is not two storms or snows that are the same," Martz said.

Arrowhead Stadium has seen its fare share of snow storms, but some fans haven't.

“We actually just arrived today and this is our first stop every time we get here, to get our poster for the game and the gear we need and this time it’s blankets," Chiefs fan Jennifer McGrew said.

McGrew drove in from Indiana with her family for the big divisional match up, and said she isn't going to let the snow ruin her plans.

“I prefer snow rather than rain, so hopefully it’s only snow," she said. "If it does snow, it makes for a festive event."

For fans, Sunday's game will mean dressing warm.

“Lots of layers, I have you know, under clothes and lots of sweatshirts," fan Grace Painter said.

For crews, it's about timing and getting pre-treatment done before gates open to fans, and then having salt spread before the end of the game.

"I think it will be a little slushy," Martz said. "We'll have a little snow on the ground, a little slush. Some of the grassy areas might have some coating on it, but for the most part, we'll have it treated well and the traffic will help beat it down."

Crews have 200 acres of asphalt and 11 acres of sidewalks to pre-treat. On game day, they'll be at the stadium monitoring the weather and spreading salt when needed.