Behind the Scenes: Arrowhead Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs and their loyal following, is known for many things. As one of the largest and oldest NFL stadiums in the country, the 44 year-old structure can accommodate more than 75,000 fans and transforms into a sea of red when those fans take to their feet and cheer, small arrowhead tattoos on cheeks as common as the rally towels spun wildly in the air. Chiefs fans take great pride in being part of the game itself and will not be outdone by other football fans in spirit, Arrowhead crowd noise breaking the Guinness World Record in 2014 when it reached 142.2 decibels and earned it a title that surprised very few – “Loudest Stadium in the World.”

To many, Arrowhead Stadium represents all that is great about football season and Kansas City. It is a party filled with thousands of new friends who share in the love of a team and scream alongside each other with voices that may be a little hoarse the next day. Although it may be the loudest on the field, the energy of Arrowhead Stadium is just as vibrant behind the scenes and reveals yet another layer to a stadium that is as synonymous with Kansas City as barbecue and live jazz. Oh, yeah, and that baseball team next door that you may have heard a thing or two about.

When you arrive with ticket in-hand, the Arrowhead experience offers more than just access to a memorable game. Tour the Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable and stand next to the 1969 Super Bowl IV trophy or wander an extensive collection of hall of fame memorabilia both donated and tracked down by – believe it or not – the Chiefs' own resident historian. Your game ticket allows you access to the Ford Fan Zone, a covered sky-level zone with its own concessions that can be a welcome escape from the heat, rain, or those winter games when the snow flies. That ticket also provides you access to the pavilion across the street that may be easy to overlook, but which offers bar-like seating with televised viewing of the game. Look a bit farther down and you'll notice the entrance to a chapel service on the opposite end of the pavilion where the Chiefs' own team chaplain conducts a non-denominational pregame service for fans who might otherwise miss their normal worship service opportunities. Who knew?

Although Chiefs games give rise to thoughts of cold beer and the booming sound of a touchdown celebration, 2010 renovations to Arrowhead introduced a more elegant side of stadium life. With multiple private event spaces now available, the stadium has hosted wedding receptions, charitable fundraisers, and private parties with amenities rivaling those of any five-star hotel. In fact, the extensive art collection on display throughout the Scout Investments Club Level qualifies the stadium as an art museum with its own tours available if you want to add a little culture to your Arrowhead experience (make sure to check out the unique piece that gives a nod to the colors of the four AFC West teams).

The Foolish Club. If you know your Chiefs history, you may recall that this was the name given to the eight original American Football League owners by one of the eight themselves. A beautiful lounge area with original team logo carvings and plaque that tells the story of The Foolish Club is one of the most unique event spaces at Arrowhead for those who want to travel back to the very beginning, back to the days when the Chiefs weren't yet called by that name and some of the biggest believers in football had a few laughs at their own expense.

Of course, there are those parts of the stadium that are off-limits to curious fans. The Founder's Suite, for example, is a multi-level residential space where the Hunt family stays when they're in town to relax and watch the game. The Broadcast Suites – including a separate space for national television media – can only be accessed during tours, but provide some of the best views in the stadium. Not only

functional and stylish in design, they were built to provide enough space to host media for a Super Bowl (we have to believe that Kansas City's day will come). And then there's the Chiefs locker room, an old school room with simple wood cubbies for each player and bright red carpet. Walk in and you can't miss the iconic white arrowhead symbol with red “KC” in the middle of the room, however; it's blocked off so nobody can stand there – that spot is reserved for Andy Reid.

Then there are the things that you see, but don't really notice. Take, for example, the months-long process to install a field heating system that will melt the snow as it falls that is new for the 2016-2017 season. Or, perhaps you comment on how beautiful the field itself is without realizing that Arrowhead's use of natural grass is rarely seen in stadiums these days.

So, here's to another season of nachos, booming touchdown celebrations, and a noisy sea of red that reminds other teams of one thing. Although Kansas City is brimming with Midwestern hospitality and charm, the Chiefs have come to play.

Cue the rally towel – whoop, whoop.

For more information on public and private stadium tours available, contact Claire Prather, Business Development Coordinator, at 816-920-4833 or cprather@chiefs.nfl.com.