(CNN)For the first time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium, facing the New England Patriots, with a spot in Super Bowl LIII on the line.
Patriots-Chiefs AFC championship game will have an arctic feel
It's the biggest game in Arrowhead's 47 seasons, and it's also going to be quite frigid. Sunday's game, which is scheduled to kick off at 6:40 p.m. ET, is forecast to be in the 20s, with a wind chill in the teens.
Still, the home team anticipates a raucous atmosphere, as the Chiefs haven't been this far in the playoffs since 1994. Just last week, in Kansas City's win against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional round, Chiefs faithful came out to cheer on their team in the snow as the temperature hovered around freezing.
"It's never too cold for Chiefs fans," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. "They'll be there. That's the great thing about the sea of red. They're loud, and they show up all the time. They'll be ready for it."
The Chiefs announced Thursday that fans can bring in blankets through stadium gates by carrying them over their shoulders and that warming stations will be located throughout the stadium for fans. Still, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday he doesn't think the weather will chill fans' enthusiasm.