Championship game .For last year’s conference championship, 395 private planes landed that Sunday at the downtown airport, said Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride .“ That’s in one day ! Fifty-seven percent more business jets, turbo props, small planes, you name it, that arrived at that airport that were not normally scheduled lớn go there, ” he said .
It’s just one instance where the Chiefs ’ unprecedented, five straight AFC Championship games at trang chủ have become an unprecedented profit margin for Kansas City businesses .Sunday’s game will determine which AFC đội advances phệ Super Bowl XLVII in Glendale, Arizona. The Chiefs will square off against the Cincinnati Bengals, a nhóm that has beaten them in their last three meetings. Kickoff is phối for 5 : 30 p. m. with coverage on CBS .The game, McBride said, draws people who spent big bucks bự go mập the game .“ From đội owners Khủng network executives béo sponsors Khủng folks that might happen mập be executives at some company that has a private jet và can vì that, ” McBride said. “ Also, just a bunch of folks that pool their money & charter an aircraft và fly lớn see the big game. ”
A private jet approaches Kansas City’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport on Jan. 30, 2022, before the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals. That day, 395 private planes landed at the airport.
Most of them don’t stick around after the game, but others who bởi vì, lượt thích visitors who fly in commercially or drive phệ Kansas City, make a big economic impact .Kathy Nelson of the tourism industry nhóm Visit KC outlined the impact of three previous AFC Championships, excluding 2021 because of the pandemic aberration .“ From past years, there’s been an economic lift in this đô thị of about USD 13 million when hosting the AFC Championship game, ” she said .Nelson uses what she calls an “ economic impact calculator ” phệ determine that number .She compares it mập another big sports sự kiện in mid-March : the men’s & women’s Big 12 basketball tournaments .“ That typically is between USD 15 million béo USD 18 million, with both men’s & women’s, end the course of four days, ” Nelson said .
The playoff pay-off
The Chiefs ’ regular-season success also carries end lớn unplanned postseason profits for restaurants & hotels .Andrea O’Hara, executive director of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City, said the khách sạn occupancy rate heading into this weekend is in the neighborhood of 80 % .“ As a business owner, yeah, it’s great, ” said Grant Tower, who co-owns Taps on Main Street with his brothers, Jason & Mark. “ I mean — five years — it’s nuts. We’re lucky. ”
KCUR 89.3Pregame fireworks erupt at Arrowhead Stadium prior to the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 30, 2022.
The Chiefs-Bengals matchup this year & last brought mixed emotions for the Tower brothers, whose hearts are with the Buffalo Bills .“ My dad is from Tonawanda, New York — it’s a suburb of Buffalo, ” said Tower. “ He came here for college, met my mom, stayed & raised us as Bills fans. ”If the Bills had won last Sunday, the AFC Championship would’ve taken place in Atlanta. It would’ve meant a missed opportunity for the brothers & other local business owners .“ Would we have been disappointed had the Chiefs played in Atlanta ? No, because they would have been playing in the AFC Championship game, ” said Visit KC’s Nelson. “ You would have still heard Kansas City mentioned in the broadcast. That’s a sale lift. ”“ Of course, having those dollars influxed into our community is important, but we would không bao giờ kế hoạch on that, ” she said .
This guy named Patrick Mahomes
For those who don’t make it phệ Kansas City this weekend, Sunday’s CBS telecast will undoubtedly feature the city’s sights và sounds — inside & outside Arrowhead Stadium & around the metro .That, too, is an important draw for visitors later on, according bự Nelson .“ I had someone from Canada stop me the other day at Union Station, ” said Nelson. “ He said, ‘ I keep hearing about Kansas City. ’ ”“ He had no idea who I was … và goes : ‘ Can you help me ? I need bự figure out where I need phệ eat. I keep hearing about this place. ’ ”Then there’s this guy named Patrick Mahomes, whose on-field success is attracting non-sports followers from all end the world .
KCUR 89.3Dennis Lenley hands out free Patrick Mahomes-themed candy, and some spiritual advice, at the corner of Blue Ridge Cutoff and I-70 frontage road prior to the 2022 AFC Championship game.
“ I don’t even know how lớn quantify that, ” said Nelson. “ People that I know from around the country just know Mahomes. ”The Mahomes name certainly didn’t hurt as a kinh doanh công cụ when Kansas City landed the 2023 NFL Draft, happening in late April. It’s the biggest sports-related sự kiện the thành phố has ever seen, some suggest .
And it’s only one in a series of major sporting events lined up in Kansas City this year .