The Awe-inspiring Arrowhead Stadium

by joelcollins2

Arrowhead (Photo credit: football.ballparks.com)

On a Sunday morning in autumn, I sensed a familiar feeling as I approached one of the last classic stadiums still being utilized—Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs. There was not a single cloud in the sky as what seemed like all of Kansas City and I began to make our way through traffic. I had learned long ago that Arrowhead Stadium was much more than merely a football field. The history, the volume, and the aroma of the finest barbeque in the United States all reeducated me. I gained knowledge of this before even entering the sports ground.

The scent of the tailgate was strong; my mouth watered as we strolled along the parking lot. No one can deny the astounding flavor of the Kansas City barbeque. Even the smell of it would make anyone’s stomach growl. As we paced on, I became more and more famished as a result of the slowly smoked meat directly in front of me.

The scene was set as we continued to walk toward the entry gate. I could see clearly Kauffman Stadium—home of the Royals—across from us, only yards away from Arrowhead. The Major League Baseball stadium shares parking lots with the home of the Chiefs. It felt like walking through a historic mirage as we at last entered the stadium that was constructed in 1972. A few years prior to Arrowhead’s assembly, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1969.

Finally, an indescribable moment occurred as I first peered on the field and the multitude of over seventy thousand. The roar of the crowd was incomparable to any outdoor arena. Arrowhead Stadium had always been known as a fiercely noisy amphitheater, but this was not recognized nationally until October 13, 2013, when the Chiefs hosted the Oakland Raiders. On this warm Sunday afternoon, Kansas City fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest outdoor stadium in the world, topping out at 137.5 decibels.

The atmosphere could be described as a Halloween party; however, none of the costumes were frightening, unattractive, or obnoxious. The attire was blissful and friendly to anyone wearing red. The garments were mostly, but not limited to, a Native American theme. I also saw people with face paintings done with very fine quality. Regardless of the theme of design, these costumes and face paintings shared one important feature—they were all crimson. As I stood high in the upper deck, I gazed down on a sea of red.

While the game continued, the crowd did various chants. They preformed each of these mantras given the scenario of the contest. The crowd can be heard from afar performing the tomahawk chop, a popular fan chant, as they exit the stadium after a Kansas City Chiefs’ victory.

The experience at Arrowhead was unforgettable, not solely due to the football performed but also because of the passion exhibited by the fans. Arrowhead is more than just a stadium that holds roughly seventy-six thousand; it is the seventy-six thousand that fill the seats that make the football experience legendary.

 

 

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