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An Oakland Raider Fan's Travel Guide to Kansas City, Missouri

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Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

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Kansas City, Missouri, is home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). The Chiefs will play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Here's a complete travel guide for visiting Raider fans - what to do, what to eat, and where to stay.

The Oakland Raiders will face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday 10 December 2017. The teams go into the game tied for first place along with the Los Angeles Chargers. All three teams have 6 - 6 records, with four more games to go.

The Raiders come into week 14 after defeating the New York at home last week by a score of 24 to 17. The Chiefs lost last week to the New York Jets by a score of 38 to 31.

The Kansas City Chiefs were originally based in Dallas, Texas. They were initially known as the Dallas Texans. The franchise moved in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1963 and were rechristened the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs have a storied and colourful rivalry. In the early days, they were often battling it out to be king of the mountain in the AFL West. 

Kansas City Weekend Weather Forecast

Fine but chilly weather is expected for Sunday's matchup between the Raiders and the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Here's a look at the weekend's weather forecast from The Weather Channel.

  • Friday - snow showers in the morning with a high of 41 degrees, a low of 20 degrees, and 40% chance of precipitation.
  • Saturday - sunny with a high of 37 degrees, a low of 29  degrees, and 0% chance of precipitation.
  • Sunday - sunny with a high of  55 degrees, a low of 34 degrees, and 0% chance of precipitation.
  • Monday - partly cloudy with a high of 49 degrees, a low of 31  degrees, and 0% chance of precipitation.

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Kansas City

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Kansas City Power and Light District occupies several blocks in the heart of downtown Kansas City.

As long as you're traveling to Kansas City for the game, why not arrive one or two days early or stay another day or two to take in some of the sights that the city has to offer.

Here's a short list of some of Kansas City's top things to see and do ...

  1. Kansas City Power and Light District - between Baltimore and Grand Blvd and 12th Street and Truman Road, Kansas City, MO. Tel: (816) 842-1045.  More than 50 bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues spread across several blocks in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
  2. City Market - 20 East 5th Street, Kansas City, MO. Tel:  816-842-1271. A mix of dining, shopping, and entertainment with the region's largest farmers' market on Saturdays and Sundays.
  3. National World War I Museum and Memorial - 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-888-8100. "In honor of those who served in the World War in defense of liberty and our country."
  4. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - 1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-221-1920. Preserving the rich history of the African-American baseball experience.
  5. TWA Museum - 10 NW Richards Road, Suite 110, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-234-1011. Celebrating Kansas City's iconic hometown airline.
  6. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-751-1278. A collection of mankind’s greatest achievements, from ancient to contemporary works of art. Admission is free.
  7. Arabia Steamboat Museum - 400 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-471-1856. A time capsule of life on the American frontier in the middle of the 19th century with the world's largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts.
  8. Union Station - 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-460-2020. An amazing history lesson on train travel in the United States.
  9. Country Club Plaza - 4750 Broadway, Kansas City, MO. Tel:  816-753-0100.  An outdoor plaza with fountains, sculptures, and 15 blocks of shopping and food and beverage outlets.
  10. Boulevard Brewing Company - 2501 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Tel: 816-701-7247. The largest specialty brewery in the American Midwest.

Where to Eat in Kansas City

Kansas City bills itself as the Barbecue Capital of the World, and with good reason. More than 100 barbecue restaurants dot the metropolitan area.

You will find everything from short and long-end pork ribs to lamb ribs, brisket, beef burn end ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, ham, rib tips, and mutton - the list goes on.

If you tire of ribs, how about shrimp and grits topped with pulled pork or sloppy Joes made with chopped beef or mixed meat sandwiches?

There are even meatless barbecue sandwiches for vegans and vegetarians.

And for carnivores that get fed up with barbecue, Kansas City's second best claim to culinary claim is the world-famous Kansas City strip steak.

From Chinese to Vietnamese, Italian to French, Kansas City has dozens of excellent restaurants serving all types of food. Does that include Mexican?

Hella, yeah! But, hey! So does practically every other city and town in the United States. What sets Kansas City apart is the quality of its Q. 

The following barbecue restaurants are considered to be among the best BBQ eateries in town.

Please add your recommendations in the COMMENT box below.

Where to Stay Near Arrowhead Stadium

These are 10 of the closest hotels and motels to Arrowhead Stadium. They are all with 3.5 miles of the stadium. They are listed because of their proximity to the stadium, and their inclusion does not mean an endorsement.

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  1. WoodSpring Suites Kansas City Stadium - 8805 Leeds Road, 1070 across from Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO. 0.4 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  2. Points by Sheraton Kansas City - Sports Complex - 4011 Blue Ridge Cut Off, Kansas City, MO. 0.5 miles from Arrowhead Stadium.  Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  3. Drury Inn and Suites Kansas City Stadium - 3830 Bluer Ridge Cut Off, Kansas City, MO. 0.5 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  4. Adam's Mark Hotel and Conference Center - 9103 East 39th Street, Kansas City, MO. 0.7 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  5. Arrowhead Inn  - 6006 East 31st Street, Kansas City, MO. 2.1 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  6. America's Best Value Inn - 29 Best Value Inn, Route 350, Kansas City, MO. 3.1 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor
  7. Days Inn Kansas City - 5100 East Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO. 2.6 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  8. Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Kansas City  Sports Complex - 8551 East State Route 350, Kansas City, MO. 3.1 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  9. America's Best Value Inn - Independence - Kansas City -  13710 East 42nd Ter S, Independence, MO. 3.5 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com
  10. Days Inn Independence  - 13712 East 42nd Ter S, Independence, MO. 3.5 miles from Arrowhead Stadium. Check availability, rates, and reviews on TripAdvisor or Hotels.com

If you have stayed at any of these hotels or motels, please leave a comment in the comment box below on your experience - positive or negative! 

If You're Flying ...

Kansas City is served by Kansas City International Airport, a.k.a. Mid-Continent International Airport. The airport code is MCI. 

The airport is served by 14 airlines, with flights to most major travel destinations in the United States. Southwest Airlines offers the most flights to the most cities. Next in line is Delta Airlines.

The only thing international about the airport are flights to Toronto-Pearson on Air Canada Express and seasonal service to Cancun, Mexico, on American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Frontier Airlines.

The airport is located near Interstate 29 and Interstate 245. The airport is 28 to 31 miles, or 31 to 32 minutes, from Arrowhead Stadium via Interstate 70 West, Interstate 29 North, or  Interstate 435 North.

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Your Input Wanted

Do you live in or have you visited the Kansas City area? If so, please comment on sightseeing attractions, restaurants, and/or hotels  in the COMMENT box below. 

Your input will be much appreciated! 

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