The Kansas City Chiefs played in the first Super Bowl that was held in 1967. Due to the seating capacity constraints, voters approved a $102 million bond issue later in the same year to finance the construction of a two-stadium complex, baseball and football stadiums, having a common roof that can be rolled between them. The rolling roof design was scrapped due to cost overruns and project delays caused by a lengthy strike and it was decided to go ahead with the open-air design. The complex was initially designed by Charles Deaton, a Denver architect, and Steadman. The construction work that was started in 1968 was carried out by Kivett & Myers. The construction of Arrowhead stadium was completed in time for the 1972 season of NFL matches. The inaugural match in the newly constructed stadium was held on August 12, 1972 between Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium hosted the Pro Bowl in January 1974.
In 1984, the concept of constructing a fabric dome was discussed again, but was dropped as it was found to be unnecessary and financially not viable. Two Diamond Vision screens in the shape of footballs were installed in 1991. The original artificial turf AstroTurf was replaced with a grass playing surface in 1994. In 1999, all the 33,975 seats in the upper level of the stadium were replaced. The 35,277 lower level seats and the 10,199 club level seats were replaced before the 2000 NFL season started. This was good news for anyone that owned Chiefs tickets in those sections.
In April 2006, tax payers in Jackson County, Missouri, approved a 3/8 cent sales tax to raise $212.5 million for the stadium. This, along with the State of Missouri’s contribution of $37.5 million and the Hunt family’s contribution of $125 million, helped launch the $375 million project on August 22, 2007. These improvements maintained Arrowhead’s longstanding status as one of the nation’s top venues to experience the excitement of collegiate or NFL football by fans. The improvements to the stadium include the Founder’s Plaza, the Horizon Level, the Sports Lab, the Hall of Honor, a Founder’s Club, a luxurious Club Level and a new team store, an upgraded sound and scoreboard system, a 360-degree video ribbon board, concourses that are doubled in size and upgraded variety of food and beverage options. Renovation of Arrowhead and refurbishment of nearby Kauffman stadium that began in October 2007 were completed in time for the 2010 season.
Many of the similar stadiums that were constructed during the same vintage have become obsolete. There is no doubt about the fact that the stadium is one of the best facilities that host NFL and many consider that Arrowhead has influenced the design of the many stadiums that were constructed subsequently. With its superb facilities, Arrowhead and the fans that fill the stadium consistently have created a unique homeground advantage. A tour of Arrowhead offers guests a peek into the teams Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable, Press Box, Broadcast Booth, Luxury Suites, Locker Room, etc. The leadership of Jackson County, the Chiefs, the Hunt family and the taxpayers have contributed to make Arrowhead a name to be reckoned with. Chief tickets are available for sale now, make sure you buy yours before it sells out.