Today, after 40 years of existence,
Arrowhead Stadium remains one of the finest stadiums in the NFL.
The history of the club begins in Dallas when they
were known as the Texans. Owner Lamar Hunt moved the team to Kansas City in 1963, renaming them the
nearly a decade, the Chiefs shared an aging
Municipal Stadium with
the Athletics and Royals (MLB). By the mid 1960s the City of Kansas City began
exploring sites to build a new stadium, but failed,
leading to the establishment of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority to acquire land, design, construct and
obtain funding for a
new stadium. Original plans were for a multipurpose stadium, but
were scrapped because of design and seating capacity
issues. Unlike many other cities that built multipurpose
stadiums, the county decided to build two new stadiums, one for
baseball and one for football. In June 1967, a $102 million bond was
issued for construction of two sports stadiums. Construction on the
Truman Sports Complex began on July 11, 1968. A rolling roof was
part of the original design for both stadiums, but did not
because of cost overruns and project delays it would cause.
over four years of construction, the stadium was completed in
time for the start of the 1972 season and named
Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs played their first
game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 12, 1972 against the St.
Louis Cardinals. The stadium was a marvel for its time because
of its great sightlines and it was not multipurpose,
like many other stadiums built during the 1970s. Over
79,000 red and gold seats in three tiers enclosed the entire
Astroturf playing surface.
Since its opening in 1972, Arrowhead Stadium has underwent numerous
changes. In 1984, officials discussed adding a dome to Arrowhead Stadium,
but the idea was dropped due to high construction costs. A JumboTron videoboard was
added above the upper deck rim in the south endzone in 1991 and the
Astroturf playing field was replaced with grass in 1994.
In 1999 and 2000, all 79,000 seats were replaced with new seats.
In August 2007, the Chiefs unveiled a
massive renovation plan, keeping Arrowhead
Stadium up to par with the newest stadiums in the NFL. Completed by the 2010
season, renovations and additions included a refurbished club level,
restaurants and concession areas, an expanded team store, and a Founders
Plaza on the stadium’s north side honoring the former owner, Lamar Hunt. This project
also included the construction of the Horizons Level atop the upper deck on
the south side of the stadium that includes a new pressbox, luxury suites
and premium seats. No major changes were made to the seating bowl. However,
the overall capacity decreased to 76,416. Located on the lower-level
concourse, the 28,000 square-foot Chiefs Hall of Honor, highlights great
teams and players, and exhibits artifacts from the Chiefs' history. New HD
video/scoreboards replaced the existing scoreboards located above the stands
in both endzones.
Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the loudest
stadiums in the NFL and the Chiefs are known as having one of the best tailgating
experiences in the NFL, much like what is found at college football games.