Breathtaking. Remarkable. Detailed. No matter how much you love the Kansas City Chiefs, those three words appropriately describe the new Arrowhead stadium.
Breathtaking. Remarkable. Detailed.
No matter how much you love the Kansas City Chiefs, those three words appropriately describe the new Arrowhead stadium.
No matter if you’re a diehard Chiefs fan or a casual follower, the New Arrowhead is appreciated by all.
It took $375 million – most of which will be paid by Jackson County taxpayers – to renovate the stadium, which some say is more than capable of hosting a Super Bowl. That would be justice for the man who coined the term Super Bowl, Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt.
The Chiefs organization Wednesday allowed fans to tour the entire facility, free of charge. The Examiner was there.
Jan Havasuee, of Independence, was impressed.
“It took my breath away,” she said after inspecting the stadium. “Even if you’re not a football fan, you gotta check this out.”
Here’s our Top 10 list of new stuff at the New Arrowhead:
10 Club Level.
Fans walk through this spacious and carpeted area dotted with comfortable chairs, couches, fireplaces and upscale concessions.
9 Signature Suites.
There are seven, one for each of the Chiefs Hall of Fame members. Each suite features the signature of the player. The 1,000-square-foot suites can hold up to 45 fans. Name an amenity and it’s yours. Too bad a suite costs $350,000 a season.
8 A Trailer View.
A bit quirky, a polished steel trailer sits outside lower level seating. Inside the customized Airstream trailer are several high definition televisions, furniture and probably all the beer you can drink. After all, this is a trailer. Four fans will be invited inside during each game. Not sure why you want to watch a game inside a trailer that’s inside the stadium where the actual game is taking place?
7 Founder’s Club.
Members only. But if you can get inside, here’s what awaits you: Multiple bars, TVs everywhere, fireplaces and a great view of the field.
6 The Play.
It’s called “65 Toss Power Trap.” And it’s the most famous play in franchise history. A three-dimensional diagram of the play is etched in concrete on Founder’s Plaza outside the entrance. (More on the plaza in a minute).
Chiefs coach Hank Stram, wearing an NFL Films microphone during Super Bowl IV, made the play call in the second half. Running back Mike Garrett scored a touchdown. The Chiefs took a commanding 16-0 lead against the Minnesota Vikings that day, Jan. 11, 1970, and won Super Bowl IV.
“I remember this play,” said Jake Anastasia, of Kansas City, a lifelong Chiefs fan. “It was a thing of beauty, the greatest play in the history of the NFL.”
5 Statue of Lamar.
Standing 9 feet tall, his arms crossed, with a smile, Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt stands forever at Founder’s Plaza. At the feet of Hunt is a rectangle base. Each side has words that describe Hunt. A man of vision. An innovative pioneer. A humble leader. A fan first. “I got chills the first time I saw him (the statue),” said Homer Wachesfsy, a 70-year-old Chiefs fan.
4 Founder’s Plaza.
The plaza is on the north side of the stadium. Future generations can learn about the founder of the Chiefs, Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said on the Chiefs website about why the plaza was included in the renovations. Eight fountains at the plaza represent the American Football League’s original franchises. The plaza’s football shape reflects the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This honors Hunt’s enormous influence on the Super Bowl. Hunt coined the term for the event, recommended enumerating each game with Roman numerals and asked then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to name the trophy after Lombardi.
3 Chiefs Sports Lab.
This is an interactive room where kids can learn about the human body and how exercise and eating healthy can impact the body. There’s a display of muscle tissue and a human skeleton. Also, there’s a Whack-a-Foe game in which kids can beat Raiders helmets into oblivion.
2 More entryways.
This is good for all. Four new entryways will allow fans quick access to and from each game. This helps fans tailgate longer, perhaps until minutes before kickoff.
1 Hall of Honor.
The Chief greats will never be forgotten. Not at the Hall of Honor. Busts of great Chiefs players are on display, just like the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “This is better than the hall of fame, in my opinion,” said Chiefs spokesman Darren Adams.
But the 28,000-square-foot hall at the south concourse, isn’t just about Chiefs history. It details the history of football. Fans can read the handwritten notes Lamar Hunt wrote during a flight detailing his ideas about a plan to create the American Football League. A detailed history of the AFL is here with memorabilia to explain it. The AFL started play in 1960 with eight teams. It forced a merger with the established NFL that started modern professional football.
Quarterback Len Dawson’s helmet worn during Super Bowl IV is also here. Defensive end Bobby Bell’s hi-tops are here and much, much more. The hall is open to fans during every home game.