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Arrowhead Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (shortened in this guide to just Arrowhead Stadium) is an iconic venue located in Kansas City. It serves as the home field for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season and hosts soccer games, concerts, and other special events throughout the year. While Kansas City experiences a range of weather conditions, the summer and fall months can be especially hot. The good news is that sports fans and concertgoers can use this guide to identify the shaded seats at Arrowhead Stadium.

Where Are the Seats in the Shade and Sun at Arrowhead Stadium?

Generally, shaded seats at Arrowhead Stadium are found:

  • West Sideline: Shaded on the Chiefs’ home side of the field

Conversely, seats in the sun at Arrowhead Stadium are located:

  • East Sideline: Sun soaked on the visitor side of the field
  • North End Zone: Exposed to the sun behind the north end zone 

Most Chiefs games kick off around 3:30 p.m. local time to accommodate the NFL’s television schedule, placing them in the late-afternoon game slot on the East Coast. Early kickoffs are rare for the Chiefs but not unheard of! Soccer games and concerts are often scheduled for late afternoon but before sunset. 

Arrowhead Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Arrowhead Stadium is oriented in a northwest-to-southeast direction. By noon, the sun is high above the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon, it dips behind the west side of the stadium and eventually sets near the north end zone.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on September 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Chiefs. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Arrowhead Stadium Events

On the rare occasion that games are scheduled early in the day, most seats at Arrowhead will be in the sun at kickoff, and many will remain so for the entire game. Arrowhead Stadium is a giant bowl with no canopies to cover the upper-level seats. At the beginning of an early game, only fans seated in the very last rows of the 100-level—directly below the level above will be safe from the sun’s rays.

As the afternoon progresses, seats on the west (home) side of the stadium will begin to move into the shade as the stadium structure starts to obstruct the sun. For a shaded seat, consider sections 114-124, 218-230, or 319-329. However, be aware that it might take a quarter or two before your section receives any shade. Make sure to use sunscreen if you’re sensitive to UV rays!

Seats on the east (visitor) side of the stadium will largely remain in the sun for the majority of an early afternoon game. Seats behind both end zones will also be sun-soaked. However, you may find some shade behind the south end zone, specifically in the corner closer to the home side of the field. Seats behind the northern end zone will be almost entirely in the sun.

By mid-afternoon seats on the west side of the stadium (right) are shaded while those on the east side of the stadium (left) are still in the sun.
Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Arrowhead Stadium Events

Since the Chiefs usually kick off after 3:00 p.m., it’s a bit easier for fans to find seats in the shade. For later-day games or concerts, most seats on the west (home) side of the field will be shaded for most or all of the game. Seats behind the end zones may start the game in the sun but should move into the shade rather quickly, especially late in the season.

On the east (visitor) side, shade will begin to cover the seats closest to the field first and move upward. It will first reach the 100 level, followed by the 200 level, and finally the 300-level. Be cautious when choosing a nosebleed seat on the east side of the stadium if you’re sensitive to the sun, and don’t forget to bring sunglasses. You might need them, as the sun will be directly in front of you for the first quarter or two.

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