KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs Kingdom is all over the worldincluding the United Kingdom across the Atlantic.
An international fan from England comes to Kansas City, Missouri, for the AFC Championship for its first-ever game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
When James Harrison was a boy, he could only watch limited NFL highlights on a show that aired in England in the 1980s.
“Every team was featured in it, so it was literally a whistle-stop tour of you know, three or four minutes of the best plays in every game,” he said.
Then his cousin, Nadine Price-Rojas, met her future husband James in the early 1990s.
“He [Her husband] said I was coming to meet my family in Kansas City and I did, and came by for three weeks,” said Price-Rojas. “I really enjoyed Kansas City.”
She moved to KCMO and that’s when her cousin James’ Chiefs fandom started.
“He actually became a Chiefs fan when Nadine first moved in here and she sent him some little memorabilia from here,” said James Rojas.
Harrison became a full member of Chiefs Kingdom. The time change sometimes makes it difficult to watch games.
“My wife has to put up with me walking around quietly at 3 a.m., and I woke her up after Bills’ win, so yeah, she’s forgiven me,” Harrison recalls his viewing experience of the 42-36 overtime thriller last Sunday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
After the game ended, an idea emerged.
“They joked that you should come to the game this weekend,” Harrison said.
“I said to do it, assuming he wouldn’t,” Price-Rojas said.
Nadine’s sister-in-law helped get tickets to the game – she works for Tico Productions, the Spanish radio rights holder of the Kansas City Chiefs, and then Harrison booked his airline tickets.
4,324 miles from Heathrow to Kansas City International Airport, Harrison arrives here on Saturday for his first-ever game at 1 Arrowhead Drive.
“I think he’s already overwhelmed by how much has happened in this little window, which we’ve been talking about since Sunday night,” Rojas said.
“It’s a mission, but you know what, this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Harrison said.
A mission made possible by family and the team at Tico Productions.
“[To] Bring in other cultures to enjoy the passion of the Kansas City Chiefs fans, it gives you goosebumps and I hope he feels that and enjoys every moment,” said Enrique Morales, the Chefs’ Hispanic radio voice. .
Harrison’s journey begins in a few days and kicks off.
“You learn a little, why not, life is too short sometimes,” Harrison said.
His family will be cheering on the Chiefs at home, and in the Arrowhead radio booth, the broadcast team that helped him for his favorite team will call another KC win.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals kick off the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at 2:05 p.m., with the winner advancing to Super Bowl LVI.