How to get tickets, where to park for Kansas City Air Show

The US Navy Blue Angels arrived at the New Century Air Center near Gardner, Kansas, Thursday, July 1, in preparation for the 2021 KC Air Show on Saturday and Sunday.

The US Navy Blue Angels arrived at the New Century Air Center near Gardner, Kansas, Thursday, July 1, in preparation for the 2021 KC Air Show on Saturday and Sunday.

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Fighter jets will be taking the skies over Labor Day weekend. The KC Air Show hits the New Century Air Center in New Century on Sept. 3 and 4.

The family-friendly showcase features the US Air Force Thunderbirds for the Air Force’s 75th anniversary.

WHO’S FLYING?

There are dozens of jets, propeller planes and skydivers planned for the weekend. The Thunderbirds are the main attraction, but they’ll be joined by plenty of skydivers, jets and helicopters, including:

You can view the full list of performers, including solo acts, here.

The show will be from 10 am to 4 pm on both days. The Thunderbirds will have the longest performances at 60 minutes, while other performances range from 10-20 minutes.

The show will be the same for both days. Weather conditions may cause changes, but the show will go on rain or shine.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TICKETS

The show is expected to sell out.

There are multiple ticket options:

  • General admission tickets cost $45 for adults, $16 for teens and $9 for children for each day. Kids ages 5 and under are free.

  • The Flight Line club gives you box seats that are located on the show’s line. You’ll have access to shaded areas, open-air viewing and exclusive restrooms. These cost $75.

  • The Gold club is a tented area with shaded tables, catered lunch, private, air-conditioned restrooms. It’ll cost you $179.

  • The Platinum club features all the perks of the Gold club, but you’ll have the best view of the show. Tickets to this section cost $399.

  • Photo pit tickets will give you exclusive Friday access to watch the performers practice and allow you to enter the show early on Saturday or Sunday to shoot photos while the jets are grounded. These tickets cost $150.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT PARKING

Parking will be available in Garmin’s parking lot for free, but you’ll have to reserve your spot in advance. You can reserve your spots here.

There’s also free parking that you can reserve at the Olathe District Activity Center on 20925 159th St.

The air show will have a shuttle running from these lots to the New Century Air Center.

On-site parking is available for $85, and you can buy your parking pass here to park at 551 New Century Pkwy. Platinum club ticket buyers will have a platinum parking pass at 4 New Century Pkwy.

Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the KC Air Show’s designated spots. There is no accessible parking on-site unless you bought a premium or platinum parking pass.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TIMING

Every spot, whether it’s general admission or the Platinum club, is first-come, first-served. The gates open at 9 am on both days, so you’ll want to get there early to get the best spot. Enhanced security may delay your entry, as they’ll search through every bag brought to the event.

WHAT OTHER EXHIBITS WILL BE THERE?

There will be numerous aircraft on the ground for people to see, some of which you can take a look inside.

New this year are two monster trucks that people can ride in while the show is happening.

If you loved “Top Gun: Maverick,” you’ll be able to sit in the cockpit of an F-18 jet. You can’t fly in it, you’ll only be able to get a photo inside.

More exhibits will be on display for you to visit, including:

WHAT FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE?

The KC Air Show will have food trucks with many different options. Gyros, funnel cakes, kebobs, slushies and much more will be available.

Outside food and drinks are not allowed. Each person can only bring in one sealed water bottle.

WaterOne’s “Quench Buggy” will also be on standby for guests to refill their water bottles and stay hydrated throughout the day.

WHAT CAN I BRING?

There will be a heightened security presence at the KC Air Show, as the event planners feel this is necessary due to recent world events. All bags and items will be subject to being searched by security at any time.

Security may ask you to either throw away an item or return it to your car, as they won’t be holding your items at the gates or at the guest services booth.

The following items are allowed:

  • Bags, purses or backpacks that are 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches or smaller, with or without a handle or strap.

  • Binoculars

  • Blankets

  • Cameras and camera bags

  • Folding or camping chairs

  • Small soft-sided coolers for medical purposes or baby items only

  • Small, personal umbrellas

  • Soft-sided wagons

  • Strollers

  • Water bottle (factory sealed/unopened 1-liter or smaller bottle, one per person

You can’t bring these items into the KC Air Show:

  • Aerosol cans

  • All outside food and beverage. One sealed water bottle will be allowed per person.

  • Anything that can obstruct someone’s view, like a poster or banner

  • Bags, purses or backpacks larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches

  • Banners or flags with sticks in them

  • Beach balls or other inflatables

  • Bullhorns, air-horns, cowbells or other noisemakers

  • Cigarettes and e-cigarettes

  • Hard-sided coolers of any kind

  • Items that could be projectiles

  • Lasers or laser pens and pointers

  • Pets, with an exception for documented service animals

  • Toy guns or toy knives

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, like drones

  • Weapons and fireworks of any kind, including all guns and pocket knives

  • Wrapped presents or gifts of any kind

WHAT ELSE TO KNOW

Unless you bought a Gold or Platinum club pass, you won’t have any shade. This is so people can see the sky unobstructed. Bring hats, sunglasses or small umbrellas that won’t prevent someone from viewing the jets—and non-aerosol sunscreen!

Joseph Hernandez is also a member of The Star’s service journalism team. A native of Kansas City, Hernandez graduated from Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch.

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