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Chiefs' mighty tailgate takes tradition to Miami

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Posted at 9:43 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 11:22:43-05

MIAMI — The fans behind a massive tailgate at Arrowhead are bringing “Lot J” to the Super Bowl with a party Saturday expected to host former Chiefs players and thousands of members of Chiefs Kingdom.

It all started as a tailgate with a few dozen friends, but over the last five years, the Lot J Tailgaters say it has grown to about a thousand fans at every home game. They’re hoping to see several thousand fans join them in downtown Ft. Lauderdale at 6 p.m. Saturday night ahead of Super Bowl LIV.

Nate Morrow, Josh Young, and Josh Wahba, the founding members, were already planning their own trips to Florida after the Chiefs won the AFC Championship.

“He and I jokingly said, ‘Hey let’s throw a party down in Florida,” Young said.

Young also owns restaurants in the Kansas City area including Il Lazzarone and Komatsu Ramen.

“Word started getting out that we’re doing this and then 810 (radio) reached out and then Boulevard and then Bleacher Report,” Josh Wilson said. “Now we’re expecting anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 people."

“America’s Backyard”, a 35,000 square foot complex, will be headquarters for the party starting at 6 p.m. Downtown Ft. Lauderdale is about 17 miles from Hard Rock Stadium.

“We have Dante Hall coming; We have Tamba Hali,” Young said.

There will not be a charge to get into the party. The organizers say expect drink specials, music, games and prizes. They say the are ready to party with Chiefs Kingdom in town for the big game.

“i think the fact that we’re finally here, I mean it’s crazy that most of the people that are gonna be here Saturday night weren’t alive the last time this happened," Young said.