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Chiefs Fans Are Pumped About Record, Disgruntled About Traffic

The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 so far this season, and with that kind of record comes more attention and fan interest. As a result, the Chiefs are dealing with ancillary issues as they prepare for Sunday’s home game at Arrowhead Stadium against the New York Giants.

In the preseason, some Kansas City Chiefs employees feverishly worked behind the scenes on a separate issue: traffic and parking. But, it may not have been enough.

"Operationally, we had some significant missteps," says Chiefs president Mark Donovan, who suggests fans leave early to avoid traffic gridlock.

"I have some good friends who live in the same neighborhood in Overland Park, and coming to the Cowboys game one of them left at 9:25, got on 435 and was in his parking space in less than half an hour," says Donovan. "One of them left at 10:15 and it took him an hour and forty minutes."

He says the Chiefs expanded the role of the company they use to handle parking this year; Premiere Parking now mans the toll booths. The changes, says Donovan, have improved efficiency at the booths.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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