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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

A group of fans tailgate prior to the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium, the NFL home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Northwest Bearcats and Pitt State Gorrillas will face off at Arrowhead again Oct. 19.

A group of fans tailgate prior to the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium, the NFL home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Northwest Bearcats and Pitt State Gorillas will face off at Arrowhead again Oct. 19. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Oct. 3, 2013

Fans invited to annual Northwest Night at the Power and Light Oct. 18, Fall Classic at Arrowhead Oct. 19

Directions to Arrowhead Stadium

*I-70 gives fans the best access into gates 2, 3 and 4.

FROM THE EAST: On I-70 Westbound take Exit 9 for the Blue Ridge Cut-Off exit. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Enter Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.

FROM THE WEST: From I-70 Eastbound take Exit 7A onto 40 Highway. Follow for about 2.5 miles. Be sure to stay in the left lane crossing Stadium Drive. Turn right onto the Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Enter Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.

FROM THE NORTH: On I-435 Southbound take Exit 63B onto I-70 East. Remain in the right lane to take Exit 9 for the Blue Ridge Cut-Off exit. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off and enter the Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 3.

FROM THE SOUTH: From I-435 Northbound take Exit 65 and head east for about one mile on Sni-A-Bar Road. Head north on Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Use Gate 3 or Gate 4 to enter the complex.

ALTERNATE SOUTH ROUTE: From I-435 North take Exit 66A. Turn right onto East 63rd Street and travel for about one mile. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Cut-Off. Follow Blue Ridge to the Truman Sports Complex and enter Gate 3.



Northwest fans should enter on the east side of the stadium through lots A, B, C, D or L, which have been designated for Northwest fans. To gain access to these lots, fans must enter Gates 2, 3 or 4 on the east side of the Truman Sports Complex.

If you enter a different gate than the one specified on your parking pass, you will be directed to the first parking space available on that side of the stadium. 

RED & GOLD PASSES: Red parking passes are valid for any lot except E and M. Gold parking passes are valid for lots E and M.

BUS & RV PARKING: All buses and RVs should enter Gate 1 or 6. You will be directed to park in the RV lot behind Lot N or Lot A. No overnight parking is available at the stadium.

Parking lots will open at noon. Stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m.


Carry-in bags (New in 2013)

The NFL safety policy affects the types and sizes of bags that are permitted into Arrowhead. The following specified bags are permitted inside Arrowhead Stadium:

• Bags that are clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
• A small clutch bag or purse that does not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″, with or without a handle or strap
• A one-gallon clear plastic zip-seal bag

For allowable and prohibited items and other relevant information, visit

Northwest Missouri State University fans are invited to show their Bearcat spirit on the eve of the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium at a Bearcat pep rally at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Kansas City.

Northwest takes on conference rival Pittsburg State University Saturday, Oct. 19, in the 12th edition of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

The pep rally, which is free and sponsored by the Northwest Alumni Association, will be at the KC Live outdoor courtyard of Kansas City’s Power and Light District at the corner of 14th Street and Grand Boulevard. For a map of the area, click here.

The family-friendly event will have plenty of Northwest giveaways and is open to fans of all ages. It is KC Live's policy that after 9 p.m. anyone under 21 must leave the venue.

Bobby Bearcat, the Northwest Steppers and cheerleaders as well as the Bearcat Marching Band will perform on the KC Live stage. Steve Serrano, a Northwest alumnus and Kansas City TV and radio personality, will serve as the pep rally’s emcee.


Pre-game tailgate

Additionally, fans are invited to the Northwest Alumni Association's tailgate festivities, beginning at noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Founder's Club at Arrowhead Stadium. The event immediately precedes the day’s football game.

Food and beverages can be purchased at the tailgate, and there will be performances by the Northwest cheerleaders, Bearcat Steppers, Bearcat Marching Band and Bobby Bearcat. The Northwest Alumni Association also will provide giveaways.


Purchase game tickets

Tickets are $37 for adults and students in the club level, $25 for adults at field level and $10 for students with a valid school ID. Children age 2 and under will be permitted without a ticket when accompanied by an adult, and the child must sit in the same seat as the adult.

Family Pack tickets (two adults and two students) are $60 and sold at Northwest, not at the stadium. They must be purchased in person. 

To purchase tickets, call the Northwest Student Services Center at 660.562.1212 or click here.

The Northwest ticket office closes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Northwest internet sales will also conclude at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Sales after Thursday will be handled through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. General questions can be directed to the Arrowhead ticket office at 816.920.9400. The Arrowhead ticket booth will open on game day at 1 p.m. Walk-up tickets will also be available on the northeast side of the stadium facing Kauffman Stadium.

Will Call is located on the northeast side of the stadium facing Kauffman Stadium.


Details about the game

Parking lots will open at noon. Lots on the east side of the stadium (A, B, C, D, L) have been designated for Northwest fans. Fans must enter gates 2, 3 or 4 on the east side of the Truman Sports Complex to park in the designated lots. Fans wishing to tailgate must park in one space and tailgate in front of or behind their vehicle. Gates to the stadium open at 1:30 p.m. Once fans exit the stadium gates, re-entry to the stadium is not allowed.

New this year, the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs have instituted additional security measures for events at Arrowhead Stadium. Backpacks are not allowed inside the stadium, and fans are encouraged to arrive early to comply with additional screening methods. For a complete list of items that are allowed or prohibited in the stadium or other questions visit

Northwest and Pittsburg State have combined to win outright or share the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title in 21 of the last 24 seasons dating back to 1989. Pittsburg State has advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 17 of the last 24 years with five national championship game appearances and two titles during that span. The Bearcats have qualified for the playoffs in 15 of the last 17 seasons, with seven national championship game appearances, including five consecutive from 2005 to 2009, and three national titles.

In last year’s Fall Classic, the No. 7-ranked Bearcats knocked off No. 1 Pitt State, 31-21, in front of 15,349 fans. Northwest has won eight of the 11 contests played against Pittsburg State at Arrowhead.

For more information about the events associated with the Fall Classic, contact the Northwest Alumni Association at 660.562.1248, or click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468