Arrowhead Stadium -
Address: 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City,
Home of: Kansas City Chiefs
Date opened: August 12, 1972
Cost: $43 million
Arrowhead Stadium is located at 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City,
MO 64129 and was built in 1972. It has been the home of the Kansas
City Chiefs since its opening and has also played host to the Kansas
City Wizards of Major League Soccer since 1996. Arrowhead Stadium
is owned by Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and the surface,
once Astroturf, has been natural grass ever since 1994. The stadium
cost $43 million to build more than 30 years ago, and it was financed
by the country through a bond that also covered the cost of Kauffman
Stadium, home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. Arrowhead
Stadium has parking for 26,000, one of the largest figures in the league, and
the nearest airport is only 35 miles away. The stadium itself can hold 77,000 people and features more than 10,000 club level seats to go along with
80 luxury suites. The average price of a ticket is right around $40.
During the time of bad play for the Chiefs in the early 1980s,
it was hard to bring fans out to watch a team they had no desire
to see. The worst moment in Chiefs history might have occurred
on January 2, 1983, when they drew a franchise low 11,902 people
to Arrowhead Stadium for a season finale against the New York Jets.
The fans apparently didn’t miss much except watching the
Jets beat their Chiefs 37-13. Although that was a low point, it
got worse when the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer
League drew more than 15,000 to their game at Kemper Arena on the
same day. Times have changed in Kansas City, and the new fans have
sold Arrowhead Stadium out for the past few seasons.
Arrowhead Stadium was always a bit ahead of its time in comparison
to other stadiums around the nation. Stadium officials discussed
adding a dome to the stadium in 1984, but excessive project costs
cause them to scrap the idea. In 1991, the officials raised enough
money to have a state-of-the-art JumboTron installed in the upper
deck over the south end zone.
On April 4, 2006, Jackson County voters approved a tax increase for $850 million for renovations to Arrowhead and nearby Kauffman Stadium. However the voters rejected a tax increase for $170 million to place a rolling roof on the stadium. Before the election the NFL awarded the 49th Super Bowl in 2015 to Kansas City provided it have a climate controlled stadium. With the passing of the stadium bill, the Chiefs new lease became effective. With the new lease, the Chiefs will remain at Arrowhead until at least 2031.