Chiefs fans rush to Academy Sports for AFC Championship gear


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – On Sunday night, after the Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills to win their second straight AFC Championship, fans flocked to Academy Sports to get their hands on the latest gear to prove it.

Last year Academy Sports saw hundreds of people lining up in their stores when the Chiefs won the AFC Championship game, but this year Academy Sports had to change plans to limit gatherings.

“We have a QR code check-in process, so you can scan it on your phone, and then we’ll pick first come, first serve and bring them in in waves,” said store manager Steve. Saunders.

Fans would take a photo of a QR code and that would fit into a “virtual line”. They would then be called based on the number of people in the store.

It’s really exciting for us because you know, it’s concerning, how do you keep everyone safe, so this new registration process will go really well this year and we will be selling a lot of chief products, we’re thrilled, ”Saunders continued.

Saunders said he and his staff were very happy with the flow of the process given the new approach. Each fan who showed up was able to get their own chef’s gear. The Sports Academy closed around 11 p.m. Sunday evening.

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