- Chiefs have unveiled designs for $800 million renovation of Arrowhead Stadium
- The work includes new jumbotrons, new tracking areas and end zone suites.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have revealed $800 million plans to transform their iconic Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs president and owner Clark Hunt and Mark Donovan held a press conference Wednesday laying out their plans to regenerate the team’s home at the Truman Sports Complex.
The upgrade will see the reigning Super Bowl champions install a new grassy activation zone for fans to enjoy before games, a 360-degree upper concourse and larger video boards at each end of the field.
The Chiefs will also increase their hospitality offerings with a new end zone suite, similar to the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium, as well as new side clubs.
Donovan revealed, however, that the project will not begin until 2027, after the stadium has hosted World Cup games in 2026, and the Chiefs hope to have it completed by 2030.
The Kansas City Chiefs have revealed $800 million plans to transform their Arrowhead Stadium
The Super Bowl champions will install a new grassy activation zone for fans.
There will also be new parking decks and lots to enhance the fan experience.
A new secondary club is among the Chiefs’ many new hospitality offerings
There will also be an end zone suite, like the one the Las Vegas Raiders have at their Allegiant Stadium.
Arrowhead Stadium has been the home of the Chiefs for more than half a decade and Donovan revealed on Wednesday that they had debated whether or not to build a new stadium.
But they have decided to renovate their historic stadium with a series of new features to take it into the future.
Owner Clark Hunt, who revealed that his family will contribute $300 million and cover any extra costs, also confirmed that the stadium will maintain its capacity of more than 70,000 people.
The remaining $500 million budget will come from Jackson County taxpayers, who will finally give the project the green light when they go to the polls on April 2.
There is a ballot measure to ensure a 3/8 cent sales tax for 40 years that would send equal dollars to Chiefs and Royalty.
“We are planning improvements for every fan at every level,” Hunt said.
‘They will address everything from ease of entry and exit to the comfort of rooms and bathrooms, to new premium spaces, improved video boards and the premium tailgate gaming experience.
‘What is important to note about these changes is that the spirit of Arrowhead will not change.
“These updates will allow us to continue the tradition of providing one of the best game day experiences in all of professional sports and preserve and enhance a whole new generation of Chiefs fans.”
There will be a 360-degree concourse on the upper level, as well as new food and drink vendors.
A canopy on the upper concourse will provide weather protection to all fans on the upper level.
There will also be several new, luxurious dining areas for hospitality fans within the stadium.
Work will not begin until 2027 after the World Cup and the Chiefs hope to finish it in 2030
A new grass-covered activation zone will be built at the site of Kauffman Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.
They recently announced their own plans to move to a new stadium in downtown Kansas City for the Chiefs to take advantage of the space they are leaving behind by building a space for pregame entertainment.
The work will also include the addition of a new connecting bridge on the upper concourse that will create a 360-degree walkway for fans.
Part of that will also be covered by a new canopy to protect fans from inclement weather. It will also have infrared heaters and ceiling fans to maintain the temperature.
The Chiefs are one of the few NFL teams (if any) that still have a single tunnel for players and staff to access the field. The works will see the introduction of a second tunnel for visiting teams, speeding up the rotation process after matches and events.