Football fans started queueing up outside GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium hours before NFL season 2023 was slated to kick off with the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions game on Thursday.

A video posted by @ChiefsRewards on X, formerly known as Twitter showed traffic jammed up from the entrance gate of the Missouri stadium, all the way to as far as one’s eyes could travel, even though there were 11 hours to go before the game started.

According to the official website for the Chiefs, Parking lots for Thursday’s game open at 3:00 p.m. local time. Passes can be booked solely through mobile and must be purchased in advance at the official website for Chiefs.

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Parking is only permitted for fans with tickets to the game. People can access all tickets and passes through the Chiefs Mobile app prior to arrival and are encouraged to save to their mobile wallet for easy access.

The website also warned about heavy delays that are expected due to rush hour traffic on Interstates 435 and 70, as well as streets around the Truman Sports Complex due to the start time of Thursday’s game. Fans have been urged to plan in advance and arrive several hours prior to kickoff to avoid rush hour and minimize delays. This might be the reason why people were seen lining the street outside the stadium.

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People who were not going to the game but just traveling past the Truman Sports Complex were told to identify an alternate route to avoid rush hour back-ups. The traffic conditions and construction can be tracked through the KC Scout camera network. Fans also get real-time traffic updates on the WAZE app.

Guests using rideshare services may drop off and pick up at the Missouri Welcome Center located between Gates 1 and 2 on Blue Ridge Cutoff.