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Chiefs on pace to see increase in ticket-sale revenue

Kansas City Chiefs fans celebrated a touchdown by Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the 41-14 win over the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium last year.
Kansas City Chiefs fans celebrated a touchdown by Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the 41-14 win over the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium last year. deulitt@kcstar.com

Chiefs president Mark Donovan said Wednesday that the Chiefs are on pace to earn more ticket revenue than they did last year.

“We’re up again,” Donovan said. “We’ll show an increase in tickets this year, and we’ll break the record set last year in terms of ticket revenues. We’re trending in the right direction.”

Donovan said the season-ticket sales are “about flat, maybe a little up,” but the demand for single-game ticket sales for the first three home games — Sept. 17 against Denver, Oct. 11 against Chicago and Oct. 25 against Pittsburgh — is as high as its ever been.

“The first three games, from a ticket perspective, are already bigger than that game (last year on Monday night against New England),” Donovan said.

Some of early-season demand for tickets might have to do with the fact seven of the Chiefs’ first 10 games are away from Arrowhead Stadium.

On the flip side, the Chiefs finish with four of their last six games — starting on Nov. 29 against Buffalo — at home. Donovan expects the demand for the goes to depend on the weather and how the season is going.

“The back half of the season has always been a challenge because of weather,” Donovan said. “The reality is with this fan base, we don’t face the challenges other markets do.

“(But sales) will definitely be impacted by record, not only our record but our opponents’ record and how it plays into the playoff scenario.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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