Chiefs complete renovations of Arrowhead Stadium
The Kansas City Chiefs unveiled the renovated Arrowhead Stadium on Friday and Clark Hunt, the team’s chairman, says the hope is that the changes one day lure a Super Bowl to town.
The Chiefs renovated the club level and upgraded bars, restaurants and concession areas while also creating a horizon viewing level and Founders Plaza where team founder and football visionary Lamar Hunt will be honored, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
The stadium will be opened for a soccer game with Manchester United on Sunday and host a preseason game Aug. 27. The Chiefs open the season at home against San Diego on Sept. 13
“The first step on that is to see how the cold-weather Super Bowl goes in an outdoor stadium,” Clark Hunt said. “If the league has a good experience in New York, then there will undoubtedly be many communities to come back and ask for a cold-weather Super Bowl, and we would certainly be on that list.
“Our vision for the finished product was ‘New body, same soul.’ We wanted to give our fans all the amenities of a first-class stadium while preserving the iconic elements of Arrowhead. I’m delighted to say we’ve exceeded my loftiest expectations and we’re extremely proud to be able to show our fans the results.”
The renovation wound up taking about 2,500 seats out of the stadium, loweing capacity to 76,000. Arrowhead is considered one of the loudest stadiums in the league and because of that the Chiefs did not do anything to alter the seating bowl. Per Teicher, $250 million for renovations came from Jackson County, Mo., voters and the club chipped in $125 million.
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