With overnight lows dipping into the teens late Saturday night and possibly the single digits by early Sunday morning, sports fans around Kansas City are in for an especially chilly November weekend.
And that could test the tailgating fortitude of spectators at this weekend’s MLS semifinal featuring Sporting Kansas City and the visiting Houston Dynamo (Saturday night), and the Chiefs-Chargers game at Arrowhead Stadium (on Sunday).
Team officials know KC fans are a hardy bunch, but in both cases, the home teams are extending some warmth to their supporters.
In the Sporting Park parking lot approaching Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. game time, tailgaters are on their own. But once inside the stadium, fans will find concessionaires hawking gourmet hot chocolate near sections 116/128 and warm chili near section 134.
Warm refreshments will be sold inside the stadium at the Chiefs’ game on Sunday as well, and several portions of the Arrowhead concourses will be heated.
As for the guys on the field, well, they too know what they’re in for.
“They just deal with it and it’s part of the game,” said Chiefs offenseive coordinator Doug Pederson. “Especially in an environment like here in Kansas City, in Arrowhead — where we know late in the season it’s going to be cold — guys prepare themselves mentally for that.”
Added Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, “Football is football. If you’re worried about how you’re going to play because of the weather, you’re in trouble and you’ve got the wrong guys on your football team.”