Sixty-two minutes before kickoff in the NFL’s opening game Thursday, the Chiefs will walk onto the field for warmups and see an Arrowhead Stadium emptier than they’ve ever seen it before.
They will have a reminder of an offseason unlikely any other in NFL history. A reminder that outside their playing venue, a global pandemic marches on.
Nine minutes before kickoff, a Super Bowl LIV banner will drop inside Arrowhead Stadium, providing one final reminder that this team accomplished what their 49 immediate predecessors could not.
And three minutes before kickoff here in Kansas City, as a national audience of millions watches from their homes, Chiefs players will likely turn the reminders outward.