Raiders-Chiefs game could be a frozen, drunken disaster (pics)
If Thursday night’s tilt between the Oakland Raiders (10-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) didn’t have enough layers of intrigue already, a layer of ice currently sitting atop the Arrowhead Stadium turf could make for an interesting game on the field. And some other details surfacing could make it just as interesting — or dangerous — in the stands as well.
First things first. NFL Network’s Courtney Fallon provided photographic evidence of the frozen turf.
Just spoke to #Chiefs grounds crew. Heaters were installed underneath Arrowhead turf in April, but an ice layer froze under tarp overnight. pic.twitter.com/aXhnE8MlLa
— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) December 8, 2016
As Fallon notes in the tweet, there are heaters underneath the turf, which should help the ground crew de-ice and thaw the field in time for a 8:35 ET kickoff. But that is not guaranteed and a possibility remains that the footing on the field could be compromised to some extent.
But all that arguably pales in comparison to the potential for relative anarchy in the stands come Thursday evening, as the Chiefs have made the curious decision to open Arrowhead’s gates way, way early for the game. Per The Kansas City Star‘s Blair Kerkhoff:
Gates will open at noon at Arrowhead Stadium for Thursday night's game against the Raiders
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) December 5, 2016
And then there’s this:
We're opening the lots at Arrowhead three hours earlier than normal. There's still a line waiting to get in at noon. pic.twitter.com/xuCncLj5hb
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 8, 2016
Sorry, but that’s a recipe for drunken disaster. At least going with the presumption that concessions — meaning the ability to consume copious amounts of beer — are available to those entering the gates early.
The Chiefs are even doing their part to allow fans to get in on the pregame revelry courtesy of a “Get Out of Work Early” letter “penned” by head coach Andy Reid.
That awkward request to get out of work early on Thursday? Yeah, Coach Reid has you covered. #TNF #OAKvsKC pic.twitter.com/ge9uT57J2d
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 7, 2016
But let’s not leave out of the equation Raiders fans, who travel well … and evidently in an inebriated manner.
Announcement on flight to Kansas City congratulates the entire aircraft for wiping them completely out of booze. Yep, it's a Raiders flight.
— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) December 7, 2016
Good grief. Buckle up, folks. It could be a bumpy ride.