Chiefs Kicking Off NFL Season With 22 Percent Capacity Fans

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they will be opening the NFL season with Arrowhead Stadium at 22 percent capacity. Given that the stadium typically holds over 76,000 people, this means that about 18,000 fans will be let in. Season ticketholders will get the first crack at single-game tickets and the team will follow guidance from local officials and regulations.

This is a big deal symbolically since the Chiefs, as defending Super Bowl champions, are opening the NFL season with a home game against the Houston Texans.

It is unclear exactly how many NFL teams will allow fans to start this season, but Jerry Jones announced an intention for the Cowboys to hold an unspecified amount. The Atlanta Falcons have said that somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 fans would be allowed in their stadium.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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    • Lol, yes. This whole over-sanitized mentality reminds me of the SNL skit with Phil Hartman as the “anal retentive chef”. He’s the tv chef who never cooks anything, because as he gets started he’s sidetracked by obsessive compulsive sanitary standards that result in him spending the entire show frantically cleaning everything.

      OCD used to be debilitatingly sad, but now it’s encouraged as the “new normal” by our health policy makers.

      22% it is. We are beyond asking why I suppose.

  1. Arrowhead is sneakily the best stadium in the NFL to see a game, even when they are having a bad year they still get a lot of National TV due to how well they pack the place and their home red/yellow looks great on TV. Going to be kind of sad seeing the place nearly empty, but better than no football.

    Dropped my son off for 2nd grade today, poor kid had a mask on, a temperature check, and had to lug a 30 pound tote with all his stuff in it to class. Looked like a freshman in college with all that crap. At least give our school system credit for trying, all the metro school systems in my state are just hiding out in their homes and asking the parents to teach their kids this semester. Disgraceful. As Clay says, if you want to do that fine, but give me back my property tax money that pays their salaries and floats the utilities of the schools.

  2. They better get used to it if they keep up this kneeling fist raising nonsense that will be the new norm fans don’t pay arm and a leg prices to see that.

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