The Kansas City Chiefs (originally the Dallas Texans) were founded by Lamar Hunt, and the franchise was one of the charter members of the AFL. Lamar moved the team from Dallas to Kansas City in 1963. The club’s current chairman and CEO is Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son. The Chiefs won the AFL title in 1966, becoming the first team to represent the league in the “Super Bowl,” whose name was coined by Lamar. The Chiefs are two-time Super Bowl champions, having won Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings and LIV against the San Francisco 49ers. Kansas City’s home venue, Arrowhead Stadium, is considered the loudest stadium in the NFL.
What to Eat
The Peanut on Main Street
Think Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes vs. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen is arguable? Try this on for size: The Peanut on Main Street in Kansas City makes America’s best Buffalo wings. Before Prohibition was repealed (in December 1933), The Peanut existed as a speakeasy and today the historic location serves wings, BLTs and some of the best bar food you can find. Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays, The Peanut offers Sunday brunch before the game and is a great destination to check out if you’re looking for dinner after going to Arrowhead Stadium. In Kansas City, come for the barbecue, stay for the wings at the Peanut on Main.
An up-and-comer in a vast Kansas City barbecue scene, Q39 is a go-to during your stay in Kansas City. Head chef Rob Magee calls it “chef-driven barbeque.” Q39 offers competition barbecue plates featuring chipotle sausage, angus beef brisket and spare ribs. If you’re looking for less of a mess, try the triple threat sandwich, which includes sausage, pulled pork and pork belly. After winning Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s first stop back in Kansas City was to Q39. Whatever you do, do not leave Kansas City without trying the burnt ends at Q39 — and Jack Stack and Joe’s and Gates.
Biggest tourist attraction
Union Station describes itself in three ways: Architectural Masterpiece. Living History. A place for great adventure. The station is more than 100 years old, having opened in 1914. Folks can travel from Kansas City out of Union Station to cities such as St. Louis, Chicago and more. Inside Union Station, you will find Science City, where you can experience the world of science first-hand. There is also a Planetarium, which combines interactive astronomy education, public shows and telescope viewing opportunities. Have some time to kill? Check out Union Station’s movie theater, which includes the region’s biggest screen at 80 feet by 53 feet.
Under the radar attraction
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America. You may be coming to KC for football, but if you love baseball and its history, the NLBM is a bucket-list destination. Give yourself at least an hour to take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, which features information panels, hundreds of photographs, artifacts and film footage that is integrated with a timeline of baseball and African American history. The museum’s lengthy retrospective spans from the 1800s, through the first organized league structure in 1920, to the Jackie Robinson era of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
Game day experience
What to know about the stadium and game day experience: (parking, Uber, tailgating, tips from regulars): Get there early! One of the best parts of the Arrowhead Stadium experience is taking in the parking lot, where Chiefs fans begin tailgating at the crack of dawn. Getting your car situated often takes time, so allow yourself plenty of room to get it done.