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New security standards to be expected at Arrowhead

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For the third year in a row, Kenny Chesney will take over Arrowhead Stadium for the concert event of the summer, his No Shoes Nation Tour, featuring Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band and Eric Church.

It takes 54 equipment trucks, 24 tour buses and a 188 person touring party to make a concert of this scale operate. Crews have been on site since Thursday assembling the stage and setting out nearly 7,000 folding chairs on the field at Arrowhead.

Kenny Chesney's tour hires 200 locals to help with the assembly of the stage.

Prior to the concert, fans are invited to show up to Arrowhead early to participate in the free Fan Fest, located in Lot M. The lot opens at 2:30 p.m. and activities will include the world's largest inflatable waterslide, among other things.

Saturday's concert is almost sold out and about 51,000 people are expected to attend.

There is a new list of rules going into effect at Arrowhead for this football season. It stems from a recent announcement by the Chiefs about an NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium. A day before the concert, Arrowhead staff talked about the changes people should expect come fall.

The Chiefs announced Thursday they strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined what is permissible. The new security measures at league stadiums look a bit like what travelers would pack inside their bags at an airport.

Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at, or
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

"Safety is a huge priority for us. Obviously we're looking at all the events from the worlds and how that's impacted when you're putting 50,000 to 70,000 people together and we're going to follow the lead of the experts, in this case of the league," said Chiefs President Mark Donovan.

Fans will continue to be able to tailgate in the parking lots.

The NFL said the reason for the change is to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into stadiums. They also said the Boston Marathon bombings were a factor.

"It was one of the considerations, but every single year the NFL goes through best practices review. They look at all of our policies, they do a great job of supporting us with great information from Homeland Security, from the national government on what's out there. This is one of those implementations," Donovan said.

Sports teams like the Royals and event spaces like the Kansas Speedway have already made such security changes in light of the Boston bombings.

The Chiefs said they are still considering whether to enforce the measure for other events held at Arrowhead but, for now, festivities like the Kenny Chesney concert will have the same security rules as before.

"Same policies will be in place: no backpacks will be allowed and haven't been allowed for the last three years. We won't enact the bag police of the NFL until the NFL season," Donovan said.

The tour's production leader said not much has changed since the bombings. They make sure to follow the lead of the stadiums where Kenny Chesney performs.

"There's a heightened awareness, that's for sure. Our security procedures for the tour haven't changed. We're in professional MLB and NFL facilities, so they've already got good protocol in place," said Todd Stewart, a tour production representative.

As per previous stadium rules, plastic, metal or glass cups, cans or containers are not allowed in the stadium – this includes water bottles.

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