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KC Power & Light District hosts Chiefs watch party amid COVID-19 pandemic

KC Chiefs Fan at Power and Light Watch Party
Posted at 10:10 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 23:34:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 'Running It Back' is exactly what the Kansas City Chiefs aim to do. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's post-season might look different than last year.

Fans gathered Sunday at the Power and Light District to watch the Chiefs take on the Cleveland Browns. The district's COVID-19 protocols require face coverings for patrons 5 years old or older, unless "actively consuming" food or beverages, according to its website. Social distancing also is encouraged, along with respecting "others who want to social distance by remaining 6 feet apart."

"You come out here and you watch the game and you have a good time we're going to win," Alex Coffin, a Chiefs fan, said.

This time it appeared some fans were more worried about the star quarterback's health after his possible concussion than their own well-being.

"Everybody loves Patty," David Patterson, another Chiefs fan, said of Patrick Mahomes. "He's the king of KC. He's going to bounce back. He's going to be ready to go for the Super Bowl."

With the Chiefs marching on in postseason, the team's leadership doesn't believe more fans will be allowed at Arrowhead Stadium next week when the Chiefs take on the Buffalo Bills.

"The ability to get something approved and the change for next week, the timing just doesn't work," Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, told reporters last week. "So this is the plan we're going forward with. And we'll do some different things with gaming production.

As of Sunday night, the cheapest ticket for next week's Chiefs game was going for more than $800, leaving fans to watch at home -- or once again at venues like Power and Light as safe as possible during a pandemic.

"This is the first event I've been to since the parade," Katie Hilty, another Chiefs fan, said. "That was the very last event I've ever been to. So this was kind of a, I wanted to be here just to support our city, and I would love to see another Super Bowl win and to safely be in another parade this year."