Monday Night Football makes its long-awaited return to Kansas City as the Chiefs officially celebrate the grand opening of the New Arrowhead with a national primetime TV audience at 9:15 PM (Central) on September 13th. The Chiefs contest vs. San Diego will mark the first time that Kansas City has ever opened the regular season on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs-Chargers game will serve as the second half of ESPN’s Monday Night Football double-header, providing an exciting conclusion to the NFL’s 2010 Kickoff Weekend.
Tickets for one of the most eagerly-anticipated sporting events in recent Kansas City history and the entire 2010 Chiefs schedule at the New Arrowhead are available now at www.kcchiefs.com or by calling 888-99-CHIEFS (992-4433).
“We are thrilled to bring Monday Night Football back to the ‘Home of the Chiefs,’” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said. “Our fans have made Arrowhead Stadium the scene of some of the most memorable moments in Monday Night Football history, and the game’s return to Kansas City is a fitting tribute to the investment of the people of Jackson County and the State of Missouri. This fall, we look forward to the grand opening of the New Arrowhead and anxiously await the opportunity to showcase the greatest fans in the National Football League to a primetime, national television audience.”
Kansas City’s contest against the Chargers on September 13th will mark just the third time these two original American Football League foes have met on Monday Night Football. Kansas City secured a thrilling 29-23 OT win on MNF vs. San Diego (10/9/95) as the Chiefs scored on an 86-yard punt return TD in the extra session to secure the victory. The radio call of “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus was actually drowned out during the game-deciding score by the Arrowhead faithful, whose deafening din helped define that memorable evening. Kansas City tied the score with 0:15 remaining in regulation before the Chiefs secured their third OT victory of the ’95 campaign with a return TD culminating in “Hallelujah Corner.”
This year’s contest will mark the 17th time the Chiefs have hosted a Monday Night Football game in the regular season at Arrowhead. In total, it will be the club’s 36th overall regular season appearance on MNF. The only other Chiefs-Chargers contest on MNF came at Arrowhead in ’83.
The Chiefs own a rich history on Monday Night Football, and the franchise’s loyal fans have traditionally helped provide a distinct homefield advantage at Arrowhead, particularly in primetime. The Chiefs registered a six-game Monday Night Football winning streak from ’91-94 that began with a lopsided 33-6 victory vs. Buffalo (10/7/91). That victory against the defending AFC champions is still regarded as boasting the loudest sustained crowd noise in Arrowhead history. Kansas City’s MNF winning stretch also featured a 24-21 victory vs. the L.A. Raiders (10/28/91) when the Chiefs rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Kansas City’s litany of memorable Monday night contests also includes a thrilling, 31-28 comeback victory at Denver (10/17/94). Featuring one of the most fabled two-minute drives in franchise history, the Chiefs victory at Mile High Stadium was later selected in a fan vote as one of the top contests in Monday Night Football history. In addition, the Chiefs last-second, 28-27 win on MNF at Oakland (9/8/97) provided one of the most improbable finishes in the 50-year history of the storied Chiefs-Raiders rivalry.
Quite simply, Monday Night Football is an American institution, and ESPN has taken the nation’s favorite primetime sports spectacle to new heights. Entering its 41st season in 2010, Monday Night Football has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of both innovation and entertainment.
The Chiefs-Chargers came will also be available via free, over-the-air local television for Chiefs fans in the Kansas City area with further details available at a later date. Kansas City’s most recent Monday Night Football contest at Arrowhead came vs. New England (11/22/04).
The prospect of a two-sport, major-league double-header shapes up as one of the most exciting and historic days in Kansas City sports history. The Chiefs are particularly grateful for the assistance of the Kansas City Royals, who have been extremely cooperative in the scheduling process. The Royals have a home game vs. the Oakland A’s on Monday, September 13th, and are working closely with the Chiefs to ensure that date is a great day for all sports fans in Mid-America.
In addition to a traditional AFC West contests vs. Denver (12/5) and Oakland (1/2/11) – the Chiefs will also face a 2009 NFL playoff qualifier at the New Arrowhead when Kansas City squares off vs. Arizona (11/21). In addition, the 2010 Chiefs home schedule includes regular season outings against AFC South opponents Jacksonville (10/24) and Tennessee (12/26), as well as contests vs. San Francisco (9/26) and vs. Buffalo (10/31). The initial NFL game at the New Arrowhead will be a preseason contest vs. Philadelphia (8/27). The Chiefs also have a preseason date vs. Green Bay (9/2) at the New Arrowhead.
In total, 17 Chiefs games are currently scheduled to be broadcast locally in Kansas City on KCTV5 in 2010. Anchored by KCTV5, the Chiefs Television Network is slated to broadcast all four of the club’s preseason contests in HD to 10 affiliates in the five-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
All Chiefs preseason, regular season and postseason games are broadcast on 101 The Fox (KCFX-FM), the flagship station of the seven-state Chiefs Fox Football Radio Network. One of the NFL’s most respected broadcast tandems – “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus and Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson – will call the action together for a 17th consecutive season. KCFX will continue to air one of the league’s finest pregame shows, followed by one hour of postgame interviews and analysis. In addition, Sports Radio 810 (WHB-AM) will broadcast the second hour of the official Chiefs postgame show.
The Chiefs road schedule includes appearances against a pair of 2009 playoff squads. Kansas City makes its first-ever appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium when the Chiefs meet the Colts at Indianapolis (10/10). The Chiefs will also face the defending AFC West champions when they square off against the Chargers at San Diego (12/12). In addition to traditional division visits to Oakland (11/7) and Denver (11/14), the Chiefs will battle for the Governor’s Cup at St. Louis (12/19). Kansas City’s 2010 schedule also includes regular season visits to Cleveland (9/19), Houston (10/17) and Seattle (11/28). The Chiefs kick off 2010 with preseason contests at Atlanta (8/13) and at Tampa Bay (8/21).The final seven contests of the 2010 regular season schedule are subject to the league’s flexible scheduling policy. Twelve days prior to the scheduled Sunday games in each flex week, the NFL will announce the game being moved to NBC at 7:15 PM (Central) and also may announce games moving to 3:15 PM (Central). For the Week 17 games, the decision may be made on six days notice to ensure a Sunday night game with playoff implications. Fans are encouraged to be flexible in their travel arrangements and those fans booking flights are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets.