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    Home to the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, GEHA Field (Arrowhead Stadium) is considered one of the league’s best stadiums. Built in 1972, Arrowhead Stadium boasts a capacity of over 76,000 fans, making it one of the largest stadiums in the NFL. In addition to its size, Arrowhead Stadium is known for its loud and passionate fans, who set a Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium in 2014. 

    The unique design of Arrowhead Stadium also makes it one of the most intimidating places to play, giving the Chiefs a significant home-field advantage. The stadium has hosted Super Bowls, World Series games, and concerts by major performers such as Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. As a result, Arrowhead Stadium has become one of the most iconic venues in all of sports.

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    Pre-Construction

    Before the Kansas City Chiefs called Arrowhead Stadium home, they spent 47 seasons playing at Municipal Stadium. The stadium was built in 1923 and was home to both the Chiefs and Baseball’s Athletics. In 1970, the NFL-AFL merger required American football teams to have stadiums that could hold at least 50,000 people. Municipal Stadium only held about 40,000 people, so the Chiefs moved to Arrowhead Stadium.

    In 1967, the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority was established to build a new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Authority acquired land for the stadium and designed it to be compatible with both baseball and football. The Authority issued $102 million in bonds to finance the construction of the stadium. The bonds were paid off over 30 years, with revenue from ticket sales, concessions, and parking. 

    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Construction

    The construction of Arrowhead Stadium was part of a larger project to build a dual sport complex in Kansas City, Missouri. The complex, named the Truman Sports Complex, also includes Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Both stadiums were completed in 1973 and are located just a few miles apart. The Truman Sports Complex was designed to be a self-contained facility, with parking, restaurants, and hotels all located within easy walking distance of the stadiums. 

    Construction on Arrowhead Stadium began on July 11, 1968. The original design called for a rolling roof, but this feature was ultimately scrapped due to cost overruns and the possibility of delays. After four years of construction, the stadium was completed in time for the 1972 season

    The Kansas City Chiefs played their first game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 12, 1972 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Chiefs went on to win the game against the Saint Louis Cardinals with a score of 27-13. Since then, Arrowhead Stadium has been home to many memorable football games, including two Super Bowl victories by the Chiefs. 

    Arrowhead Stadium is considered one of the world’s finest NFL (National Football League) stadiums. It has hosted numerous significant events over the years, including the Super Bowl and the World Series. Kauffman Stadium, meanwhile, is one of baseball’s most iconic stadiums and has been home to two World Series winning teams, the Royals in 1985 and 2015. The Truman Sports Complex is a testament to Kansas City’s commitment to its sports teams and their fans, and it remains an integral part of the city’s identity today.

    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Arrowhead Stadium Today

    Arrowhead Stadium has a seating capacity of 76,416. However, the largest crowd to ever see a game at Arrowhead Stadium was 82,094, which occurred during a Chiefs game against the Oakland Raiders on November 5, 1972. 

    The Chiefs have a long-standing rivalry with the Raiders, which often leads to games being sold out. As a result, it is not surprising that the largest crowd to ever see a game at Arrowhead Stadium was for a match-up between these two teams. In 2010, Arrowhead Stadium underwent a renovation with a construction cost of $375 million that added 162 luxury suites and 7,000 club seats. 

    The playing surface at Arrowhead Stadium is natural grass instead of astroturf now, which is kept in immaculate condition by a team of groundskeepers. The original field was covered in astroturf, but was replaced in 1994. This provides a beautiful backdrop for the action on the field and creates a unique home-field advantage for the Chiefs. In 1991 the upper deck was renovated, and a JumboTron was added.

    Arrowhead Stadium is considered one of the loudest stadiums in pro football due to its unique design. The bowl-shaped stadium amplifies noise, making it difficult for opposing teams to communicate on offense. In fact, the Chiefs hold the record for the loudest stadium noise level at 142.2 decibels.

    Arrowhead Stadium is genuinely a world-class NFL stadium that offers fans an unparalleled experience for Monday Night Football.

    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer Invades the Arrowhead Stadium

    On July 25, 2010, the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer played Manchester United as Manchester United’s 3rd pre-season friendly in America during 2010 at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The ticket demand was so high that they could not play the game at Wizard’s 10,000 Capacity stadium. The match ended with Kansas City beating the Manchester Club 2-1, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring their only goal. 

    (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Chiefs Hall of Honor

    The Chiefs Hall of Honor is a 28,000-square-foot museum located on the lower-level concourse at Arrowhead Stadium. The museum highlights excellent teams and players in Chiefs history and features artifacts from the franchise’s past. Among the artifacts on display are jerseys worn by Chiefs legends like Len Dawson and Bobby Bell and the ball used in Super Bowl IV. The museum also features interactive exhibits that allow fans to relive some of the greatest moments in Chiefs history. The Chiefs Hall of Honor is a must-see for any team fan and is a great way to learn more about the storied history of one of the NFL’s most successful franchises.

    (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

    Renaming Arrowhead Stadium

    In 2021, the Chiefs sold the naming rights for Arrowhead Stadium to GEHA, a provider of health benefits. The stadium will be renamed GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium as part of the deal. The move comes as part of a trend in professional sports, in which teams are increasingly selling the naming rights to their stadiums and arenas. For example, in 2018, the Golden State Warriors sold the naming rights to their new arena to Chase Bank. And in 2019, AT&T purchased the naming rights to Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. The reason for this trend is simple: businesses are willing to pay large sums of money for the chance to associate their brands with successful sports teams. In addition to generating team revenue, stadium naming rights deals can also boost businesses. For example, when Mercedes-Benz purchased the naming rights to Atlanta’s stadium in 2017, the company saw a significant increase in brand awareness and sales. As more and more businesses look to associate themselves with winning teams, it’s likely that we’ll see even more stadium naming rights deals in the future.

    (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    Kansas City Chiefs

    The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the AFL. In 1963, the team relocated to Kansas City and assumed their current name. 

    The Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. They have won three AFL championships, 1962, 1966, and 1969. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. 

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