K-State, Chiefs announce fans in stands, at greatly reduced capacity this fall

The Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League and Kansas State University of the Big 12 Conference will have spectators at their football games this fall, with K-State officials, working with the Riley County Commission, announcing 25% capacity at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, with the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs saying that up to 22% of capacity at Arrowhead Stadium.

At K-State, school officials have planned to open the football stadium with reduced capacity, saying that all fans must have face coverings with no tailgating permitted in the adjacent parking lots prior to kickoff.  Fans will be required to keep the face masks in place where six feet of social distancing is not possible.

In Kansas City, where the Chiefs season begins with a nationally-televised game against the Houston Texans on Thursday, September 10th, Mayor Quinton Lucas worked with Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer and EMS Medical Director Dr. Erica Carney to finalize the plans for 22% capacity at Arrowhead Stadium.

The team will follow the guidance of local officials and public health experts as the season progresses, with the potential that local regulations will allow for different capacities at different points during the season.