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Parking for Chiefs games will cost as much as $40 this season

The Chiefs are changing up its parking system and prices.
The Chiefs are changing up its parking system and prices. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The cost of attending a Chiefs game is going up. And that’s just for parking.

The Chiefs on Wednesday announced “parking enhancements” for the 2016 season. General parking, which involves paying cash, is being combined with Red parking. The Chiefs say this will reduce the time it takes to enter the Truman Sports Complex.

“The NFL ranks the gameday experience at Arrowhead as one of the best in the league. We are proud of our staff and our fans for the energy they bring every game,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said in a news release. “While our ratings for parking and traffic have improved after implementing a new traffic system in 2014, we believe more improvement is necessary. The additional procedures we are implementing for 2016 are designed to build on the changes made in 2014.”

According to a release, “Parking prices at the tollgates on gameday in 2016 will be $40 cash to incentivize purchasing in advance. The $40 cash parking fee is subject to change based on the game, while the advanced purchase price of $30 is fixed, but limited. Continuing in 2016, Gate 5 will remain a pass-only gate.”

Other options for vehicles (full-season only) include season packages for platinum ($600) and gold ($500) passes. The price for an RV or bus will be $70.

Last year, the vehicle cost was $27 for general parking if purchased in advance and $30 at the gate. Red parking passes cost $32. The change means there is no longer a general lot, just red, gold and platinum.

The Chiefs said data show that two vehicles with prepaid parking passes make it through the gates in the time one cash-paying vehicle does.

Congestion outside the complex is another concern. This is from the release:

“Traffic on Blue Ridge Cutoff will be directed past Gate 2 and will be funneled into the Truman Sports Complex through Gates 3 and 4. Once traffic begins filling inside the complex and there is the operational need to open Gate 2 to assist with the high volume of vehicles arriving closer to kickoff, those tollgates will be opened and traffic from Blue Ridge Cutoff will be directed through Gate 2.

“Once inside the tollbooths, all traffic will continue to flow in a counter-clockwise direction from all entrances, with all traffic moving to the right. Parking gate entry, type of parking pass and time of entry will determine the parking lot a vehicle will park in. Upon entering the parking lot, all vehicles will be parked in a systematic manner based on the level of parking purchased, with each vehicle being directed as close to the stadium as possible to fill the next available parking stall. This will help fill all available parking stalls and eliminate pedestrian congestion as more and more Chiefs fans arrive at the Truman Sports Complex. Individuals who wish to park multiple cars close by in the same lot must arrive through the same gate entrance at the same time in order to secure close parking spots.”

Terez Paylor, Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, breaks down the news of the day as the quarterbacks and rookies had their first practice of camp at Missouri Western State University.

The Chiefs also want to make sure there is room for emergency vehicle lanes. To that end, all tailgate accessories are limited to an 8-foot area behind each parking space. Most lots will have yellow lines painted on the pavement that signify emergency vehicle lanes.

The team stressed it is not trying to limit tailgating in any manner, but that it is concerned with safety.

“Our operations team undertakes a difficult challenge every time we have a game, and that is to get 76,000 people into the Truman Sports Complex and Arrowhead Stadium in a safe and timely manner,” Donovan said in the release. “We will continue working hard to deliver a process that we are proud of and that ultimately delivers a better experience for Chiefs fans.”

For more information on parking and tailgating at Chiefs games, go to www.chiefs.com/parking.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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