Arrowhead Stadium is home to many accolades — loudest crowd in sports, most intimidating NFL stadium, and host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. While these make our home field special, fans know there’s one thing that makes Chiefs Kingdom even better: tailgating.
Tailgating culture is an integral part of what gets fans pumped up for Kansas City’s loud + intense atmosphere. From grilling up KC barbecue to mingling with fellow fans, the Chiefs Kingdom knows how to show up and show out, parking lot style. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking for some extra tips, we have gathered a list of must-knows to make your tailgate experience one to remember.
- Parking passes are digital + must be purchased in advance — cash is not accepted at the tollbooths.
- Parking lots open four and a half hours prior to kickoff. Earlier this season, the parking lots opened even earlier due to traffic, so we suggest planning accordingly.
- One vehicle per spot, like this. Find information on parking RVs + trailers here.
- Check out the free Ford Tailgate District — located at the Founder’s Plaza. Say hello to the Chiefs Cheerleaders, listen to live music, and play tailgate games.
- Bring a portable grill, speaker + cooler to create your own party.
- There’s no hanging out in the lots during the game, so make sure to watch the clock and head to your seats by the end of the first quarter.
- Make new friends. Walk around the tailgate empty-handed, and you’ll probably return to your car with a plate full of food, a beer, and a few new pals to watch the game with.
- In case you didn’t hear us already — arrive early. Allotting at least an extra 30 minutes for traffic + set-up is vital to a stress-free experience.
- Let’s keep it real. Try to empty your bladder before the craziness begins. The port-a-potty lines are long, and we would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t tell you ahead of time. Lines tend to be shorter inside the stadium.
The next Chiefs home game takes place Mon., Oct. 10 at 7:15 p.m.. Find tickets here.