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Kansas City welcomes Canadian fans ahead of Chiefs playoff game

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Posted at 8:25 PM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 00:23:36-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The Kansas City weather won't keep fans from Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Crews were out in full force working Friday and Saturday preparing the stadium for the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.

As of Saturday evening, the parking lot and sidewalks were all clear and ready to welcome thousands of fans and their tailgates.

"You've always got to prepare for the worst and hope for the best," said Jim Martz, Owner of Martz Bros., a lawn care service company in Kansas City, Missouri, " and we were prepared for the 4-8 [inches]."

It was good news for crews, as Mother Nature called it quits early and so could they.

"We were able to knock it out a little bit quicker than we anticipated because we got a little bit less," Martz said.

Crews plowed more than 200 acres of asphalt and shoveled 14 acres of sidewalks -- Work completed for fans like Jamie McCreedy, who is in town for the game from Canada, to safely cheer on the Chiefs.

"We left Canada for good roads and we got here and it was worse here than it was in Canada," Jamie McCreedy said.

But for the most part, McCreedy said, the drive from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was an easy one.

"We were good until just after Omaha," Jackie McCreedy said, "and then it got pretty shady. And we're pretty good drivers in the snow, we're pretty used to it."

Jackie McCreedy told 41 Action News the snow and drop in temperature is nothing compared to Canada at this time of year. Although, the last Chiefs game the McCreedys attended was last season's snowy playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead. This time around, the McCreedys said they were hoping for better weather.

"I think a couple of days ago it was like 55-60 here, so we were excited," Jackie McCreedy said. "We were thinking short sleeve shirts for us and now we're back to Canada," said McCreedy.

Saturday the group of 12 stopped by Rally House to pick up some extra game day gear.

"I always like to check out the new Mahomes stuff and the Hill stuff and I love Kelce obviously so, I look for things that I can't really get at home," said Jackie McCreedy.

Now, all that's left is cheering for another Chiefs playoff win, and monitoring the weather conditions. Martz said crews will be in attendance and ready if more snow falls.