KC Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans; thanks AR!

As most barbecue people know, The American Royal World Series of BBQ is moving the event to Arrowhead Stadium this year. One of the first differences to come up is the way the team passes are handled. In the past the AR would mail out parking passes and wristbands a couple weeks in advance but with the move to Arrowhead they will be using the KC Chiefs/Ticketmaster system of electronic ticketing. To acclimate us to the new system the Royal and the Chiefs offered the teams a parking pass and 2 tickets to the Chiefs vs Titans preseason game.

Before the game Kim Palmer did an informational presentation about the upcoming Royal. We were just a little late finding the place

Welcome to the American Royal presentation

Welcome to the American Royal presentation

and missed the welcome speech from the Chiefs organization but did get the information we came for. Load in will start at 8 AM on Wednesday and all teams must be in place by noon Friday when the gates close. All teams must vacate the parking lot by 10 PM Sunday, I’m guessing they are planning on the Royals having a playoff game Monday. Services such as ice, water, and charcoal will stay pretty much the same as they were before. They are still working out the grey water situation, on which we shared our thoughts, but they promised to have something in place. This is a slide showing turn in locations

Screenshot showing the turn in locations.

Screenshot showing the turn in locations.

as well as the on site grocery store presented by Hy-Vee. Lots C & D will turn in at the SE corner and lots F & G will turn in at the SW corner. Judges will be in between in a nice, climate controlled area. The Budweiser Pavilion and the outdoor stage will also be located next to the stadium.

I have not been to a Chiefs game in 40 years and Kristi has never gotten to see one so we jumped at the chance. This was the view from our assigned seats:

This was our view before the game started, really good seats!

This was our view before the game started, really good seats!

Some friends of ours were telling us just how good the seats were so I checked ticket prices for the Denver game coming up in a couple weeks and they under estimated just how good they were. For the Denver game the seats sell for $364.50 each! Plus the $30 parking pass meant the evening was a very nice gesture from the Royal and the Chiefs. I think this shows how serious they are in their effort to make the move mean a bigger and better American Royal.

Since it was a preseason game it was not a packed house, which turned out to be a good thing for us. By kickoff this was our view:

And this was our view at kickoff :(

And this was our view at kickoff :(

Fortunately we were able to move up and over several seats so we could see, otherwise she might have fallen. Or something. Not that she wasn’t entertaining but we did want to see at least part of the game.

Several times they advertised the upcoming Royal on the video banner

They put this on the video banner several times during the game.

They put this on the video banner several times during the game.

along with the headline act for Saturday night:

We are looking forward to this!!

We are looking forward to this!!

We have been told there will be local and regional bands Friday evening and Saturday afternoon as well as other activities and there will be fireworks following the Big & Rich concert.

The starters played most of the first half and Kansas City was looking pretty good. As we enjoyed the game we did keep one eye on the weather and at one point we could see some thunderheads over the video board.

These storm clouds were to the north and would miss the stadium

These storm clouds were to the north and would miss the stadium

These were up by St Joe and would miss us but our luck didn’t hold out quite long enough

And the rains came down

And the rains came down

We were mostly protected by the upper level overhang but you could tell the wind was really blowing down on the field. A few minutes after the rain started the game was suspended due to lightning in the area and they ended up cancelling the last few minutes. We made it to the car during a lull in the rain but just barely and ended up driving out of the parking lot and to our motel in the rain.

We spend Saturday just hanging out with my sister, helping her run errands and get her new house ready. It was good to get to spend some time with her before we headed home late Saturday night. All in all we had a great time but now it’s time to turn our attention towards our next competition.

If you are going to be in the Kansas City area the first weekend of October be sure to come by and check out the American Royal. Tickets are available on their website using the link above. We’ll be in spot G335 so stop by and say howdy!!