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Make your tailgating plans: Arrowhead parking lots to open early for Chiefs-Raiders

Chiefs Mark Donovan encourages fans to arrive early Thursday night

Chiefs President Mark Donovan announced that Arrowhead Stadium parking will open at noon Thursday ahead of the team's prime time game against the Oakland Raiders.
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Chiefs President Mark Donovan announced that Arrowhead Stadium parking will open at noon Thursday ahead of the team's prime time game against the Oakland Raiders.

Arrowhead Stadium parking gates will open at noon for Thursday night’s 7:25 game between the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.

“There's a ton of traffic in this area on a typical Thursday night,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said. “Add to that one of the biggest games in the NFL this year, and it’s a recipe for having some real traffic delays.

“Our way to address that is to encourage fans to get here early, to get people off the road and into the stadium.”

When the gates open at noon, the first hour has been designated as open parking. Fans can park in any approved grass area or Lots C, D, F, G and the perimeter of Lot N as long as it matches the parking spaces they’ve purchased.

Once open parking ends at 1 p.m., cars will be directed into the next available spot.

Arrowhead has 18,700 paved parking spaces and home games average about 20,000 cars, according to Donovan.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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