KANSAS CITY, Mo (KCTV) – The Kansas City Chiefs have announced parking enhancements to be implemented for the upcoming season.
The most notable change for fans is the joining of two tiers of parking at the Truman Sports Complex. What used to be known as general parking, or cash parking on game day, is now being combined with pre-paid single-game (Red) parking.
According to KCTV, parking prices at the tollgates on game day will be $40 cash to incentivize purchasing in advance.
“The NFL ranks the game day 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 told KCTV. “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.”
To continue reducing transaction times at the tollbooths and to better streamline the parking process, all fans are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase $30 Red parking passes. Passes will be available for pre-purchase up to four and a half hours prior to kickoff. Continuing this season, Gate 5 will remain a pass-only gate.
The change makes Red parking the new base tier of parking at Arrowhead Stadium.
Data collected at Arrowhead Stadium over the past season shows that a pre-paid parking pass can move through the tollgates up to twice as fast as a vehicle paying cash, with up to 14 prepaid pass vehicles processed in one minute vs. seven cash vehicles over the same period.
The Chiefs said by offering fewer parking pass tiers, it takes less time to sort vehicles and should keep traffic moving at a steady rate. It also incentivizes the earliest-arriving fans with spots closest to the stadium, the team said.
“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. “We will continue working hard to deliver a process that we are proud of and that ultimately delivers a better experience for Chiefs fans.”
Also in an effort to continue improving the parking process for events at Arrowhead Stadium, all fans are asked to contain all tailgate equipment to an eight-foot area behind each parking space.
The Chiefs said maintaining an aisle that is clear of tailgate equipment in order to accommodate emergency vehicles is imperative for a safe environment.
KCTV says in all parking lots except Lots L, M and O at the Truman Sports Complex solid yellow lines have been painted to help identify these emergency vehicle lanes.