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The Art of

The Tailgate

Sports enthusiasts can already get their fill of every sport in Kansas City, and but it’s the tailgate that takes the experience to the next level. Whether football, baseball or soccer, KC knows how to tailgate in style. In fact, Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, is world-renowned for game days, when barbecue smoke rises from the parking lot in fragrant plumes laden with the smell of everything from ribs and fried turkey to burgers, bratwurst and more being grilled – no matter the weather. Full spreads are plentiful, and tables are heaped with all the trimmings and sides. Some even indulge in shrimp and crab legs, or wine and cheese, before heading into the stadium. For Chiefs games, the gates open three and a half hours prior to kickoff. The complex features

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parking for 26,000 cars, but get there early or you’ll be parking in the back 40, unless you have a season parking pass. The Chiefs instituted overnight camping in 2005. Located near lot N, Stadium Park is for those who want to wheel their tailgating mobiles in the night before and get a jump start on festivities in the morning. Lights off at midnight, but you can move your car into a close stadium lot at 6 a.m., for no additional charge. Fans gather after the game to continue tailgating, win or lose. Home fans have much to cheer about since the Chiefs are once again hoping to be undefeated at Arrowhead. Not to mention, maintaining its status as loudest stadium in the NFL. The Kansas City Royals also enjoy a heaping helping of tailgating before and after the baseball games, just across the way at Kauffman Stadium. Day or night, barbecue grills are fired up as “Forever Royal” fans prepare to cheer on the

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defending American League Champions. Add something here about games of catch in the parking lots, live music and tailgating games. KC T-Bones baseball attracts families and fun seekers to CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Head to the park early to enjoy free tailgating parking and watch the grills light up. Looking for cheap entertainment? Grab lawn tickets and bring a blanket. There’s not a bad seat in the house. Sporting Kansas City plays at Sporting Park, where you get an up-close and personal view of Major League Soccer. This tailgate scene is a great way to get ready to watch a win, and get in the park early to experience the Cauldron, a high0energy, standing-room-only area behind one of the goals. Kansas Speedway is home to NASCAR magic, and fans do it up right for tailgates, complete with tents, trailers and plenty of barbecue and suds. n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...