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, Missouri. Serving as the home field for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, the stadium is famed for its electrifying atmosphere and passionate fan base. While Kansas City experiences a range of weather conditions, the late summer and fall months can be surprisingly hot. As an open-air facility, it’s important for fans to know the location of shaded seats, especially during the warmer games at the beginning of the Chiefs season.

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

Generally speaking, shaded seats at Arrowhead Stadium are found:

  • On the Chiefs’ home (west) side of the stadium

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

  • On the away team’s (east) side of the stadium
  • 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! When scheduled for national Sunday Night or Monday Night games, kickoffs occur a bit after 7:00 p.m.

Arrowhead Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Arrowhead Stadium is oriented in a northwest-to-southeast direction. By noon, the sun is high in the sky near the southern end zone. Over the course of the afternoon, it dips down behind the home field side of the stadium and eventually sets near the northern end zone.

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

Click or tap here to see a detailed seating chart at Arrowhead Stadium

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

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 or cover above 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 home (west) 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’s) 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 southern 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.

Shadows on the stands at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City

Choose a seat on the home (west) side of the stadium if you’re looking for shade and the visitor (east) side of the stadium if you want sun. Credit: Chiefsgame by Pacman5 (CC BY-SA 3.0).

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

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, 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’s) 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 bleeder 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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