Every home game Sunday during football season, a sea of red flows through the streets of Kansas City and into Arrowhead Stadium. If you’re not sure how to get there, just follow the smell of barbecue as it wafts into the air from tailgaters gathered before the game.
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Arrowhead Stadium is more than just an NFL stadium for the people of Missouri. It’s a staple in the state and a beautiful testament to the power of community and sportsmanship. If you’re visiting Kansas City, stop by for a while and see why fans are so in love with Arrowhead.
At A Glance:
Who: Arrowhead Stadium is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium is located in Kansas City, Missouri.
When the then Dallas Texans relocated to Kansas City, they played their games at Municipal Stadium, a small stadium that seated 35,000 people. In 1966, when the AFL-NFL merger was announced, the new organization required all NFL stadiums to seat at least 50,000. With no suitable replacement in the state, Kansas City voters approved a $102 million bond to build Arrowhead Stadium for the newly renamed Kansas City Chiefs.
The stadium was originally going to be built as two side-by-side buildings (one for the NFL and one for the MLB) with a shared roof. When those plans fell through, Arrowhead was built as a completely open air stadium. Arrowhead Stadium is the 6th largest NFL stadium in the U.S., with a seating capacity of 76,416 people.
- Arrowhead Stadium was the first stadium to have arrows on the field indicating the yard lines. The arrows were added in 1974.
- On October 13, 2013, the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium set a Guinness World Record for noise levels. The crowd hit 137.5 decibels during a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. This world record was later broken by the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 2nd, 2013 and reclaimed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 29, 2014.
- From 1963-2008, Arrowhead Stadium hosted the TD Pack Band at every Chiefs game.
- Constructed in 1968 as a completely open air stadium, Arrowhead is believed to have been the inspiration for future open air NFL stadiums.
- November 2, 1972, saw the largest crowd to ever occupy Arrowhead Stadium. 82,094 people packed into the stadium to see the Kansas City Chiefs battle the Oakland Raiders.
- Arrowhead Stadium has nine event spaces, including two Penthouses.
Arrowhead Stadium boasts some of the most beautiful and coveted suites in the NFL. In fact, in 2014, the Association of Luxury Suite Directors held their annual conference at the stadium. Suite options include the Club Red Suites (seating 11-19 people), Club Gold Suites (seating 21-27 people), Field Boxes (seating 10-20 people), Field Level Sideline Suites (seating 18-26 people), and Signature Suites (seating 32-36 people).
The state-of-the-art suites in Arrowhead Stadium provide suite goers with a huge array of benefits and perks. On game days, suite holders get premium parking, early stadium entry, and post-game press box access. They receive access to the suites 365 days per year and can use the space for events as desired. For corporate suite holders, in-suite branding is available.
Food & Drinks:
Arrowhead Stadium has no shortage of delicious concessions. Options range from Italian food and classic barbecue to burgers and chicken tenders, so you’re sure to find something to satisfy the appetites of everyone in your group. There are even two dessert carts in the stadium offering sky-high cheesecake, giant candy apples, and ice cream.
For guests with allergies or dietary restrictions, there are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices available, though you may have to search a little through all the barbecue.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Public tours of Arrowhead Stadium are available on Fridays and Saturdays year round. The tours take roughly 90 minutes and include viewings of the field, locker rooms, press box, and Chiefs Hall of Honor. Schedule your tour here.
Check out the art collection: The art collection at Arrowhead Stadium is comprised of works by 32 artists. The collection includes 14 installations and takes about 90 minutes to view. The collection is scattered throughout the stadium, though most pieces are located on the Scout Investment Club Level.
Become a Designated Driver: Registered designated drivers can join the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Program and be entered to win prizes from the stadium. They will also receive a free non-alcoholic beverage on game days.
Tailgate: Tailgating is a decade’s long tradition at Arrowhead. Park in any designated lot, bring your hot dogs and grill and kick up your feet with a beer before kickoff.
- Parking is available on game days; it’s best to buy a Red Pass in advance for annual parking. Parking is available on game days at the gate only and at the highest price.
- Tailgating is allowed in all parking spaces at Arrowhead Stadium, as long as fans keep their tailgating within their parking spots and 8 feet behind their cars.
- Bus service is available from the KCATA on the RideKC 47-Broadway line.
- Drivers with RVs or buses must purchase oversized parking passes in the Red and Gold parking lots.
- Ztrip allows drivers to park in the distant lots A and B and take a shuttle to and from the game. Ztrip offers other options like limousines and local taxis.
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