Arrowhead Stadium
"Arrowhead”, "The Sea of Red”
Aerial view of Arrowhead Stadium; part of Kauffman Stadium is shown in the top-left corner
Arrowhead Stadium is located in Missouri
Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
Location in Missouri
Arrowhead Stadium is located in the United States
Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
Location in the United States
Full nameGEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
Address1 Arrowhead Drive
LocationKansas City, Missouri
Coordinates39°2′56″N 94°29′2″W / 39.04889°N 94.48389°W / 39.04889; -94.48389
Public transitBus interchange KCATA: Route 47[1]
OwnerJackson County Sports Complex Authority
OperatorKansas City Chiefs
Executive suites128
Capacity76,416 (2010–present)[2]

Former capacity:

    • 78,097 (1972–1994)[3]
    • 79,101 (1995–1996)[4]
    • 79,451 (1997–2009)[5]
SurfaceTartanTurf (1972–1993)
Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass (1994–2012)
NorthBridge Bermudagrass (2013–present) [6]
Broke groundJuly 11, 1968; 55 years ago (July 11, 1968)[7]
OpenedAugust 12, 1972; 51 years ago (1972-08-12)
Renovated1991, 1994, 2007–2010
Expanded1995, 1997
Construction costUS$43 million
($301 million in 2022 dollars[8])

US$375 million (2007–2010 renovation)
($503 million in 2022 dollars[8])
ArchitectKivett and Myers
Populous (2007–2010 renovations)[9]
Structural engineerBob D. Campbell & Co. Structural Engineers[10]
General contractorSharp-Kidde-Webb Joint Venture[11]
Kansas City Chiefs (NFL) 1972–present
Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 1996–2007

Arrowhead Stadium is an American football stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It primarily serves as the home venue of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). The stadium has been officially named GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (pronounced G.E.H.A.) since March 2021, following a naming rights deal between GEHA and the Chiefs.[12] The agreement began at the start of the 2021 season and ends in January 2031 with the expiration of the leases for the Chiefs and Royals with the stadium's owner, the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority.[13]

It is part of the Truman Sports Complex with adjacent Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Arrowhead Stadium has a seating capacity of 76,416, making it the 25th-largest stadium in the United States and the fourth-largest NFL stadium. It is also the largest sports facility by capacity in the state of Missouri. A $375 million renovation was completed in 2010. The stadium is scheduled to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and has hosted college football games, as well as other soccer games.


When the Dallas Texans of the American Football League (AFL) relocated to Kansas City in 1963 and were rebranded as the Chiefs, they played their home games at Municipal Stadium. They originally shared the stadium with the Kansas City Athletics of Major League Baseball, but the Athletics relocated to Oakland, California, after the 1967 season, with the expansion Kansas City Royals being added in 1969.

Municipal Stadium, built in 1923 and mostly rebuilt in 1955, seated approximately 35,000 for football, but as part of the AFL–NFL merger announced in 1966, NFL stadiums would be required to seat no fewer than 50,000 people. Since the City of Kansas City was unable to find a suitable location for a new stadium, Jackson County stepped in and offered a location on the eastern edge of Kansas City near the interchange of Interstate 70 and Interstate 435.

Voters approved a $102 million bond issue in 1967 to build a new sports complex with two stadiums. The original design called for construction of side-by-side baseball and football stadiums with a common roof that would roll between them.[14] The design proved to be more complicated and expensive than originally thought and so was scrapped in favor of the current open-air configuration. The Chiefs staff, led by team general manager Jack Steadman, helped develop the complex.


Construction began in 1968. The original two-stadium concept was initially designed by Denver architect Charles Deaton and Steadman. The baseball and football stadiums have a very different appearance, but share utilities, parking, and underground storage. Plans to have covered stadiums were dropped, leaving two open-air stadiums. Lamar Hunt included an owner's suite, complete with three bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room, to the design of the football stadium. To increase seating while limiting the stadium's footprint, the upper sections were placed at a steep incline which cannot be replicated in modern stadiums due to accessibility regulations.

Deaton's design was implemented by the Kansas City architectural firm of Kivett & Myers. Arrowhead Stadium is considered by some to have had an influence on the design of several future NFL stadiums. Construction of the stadium was a joint venture Sharp-Kidde-Webb construction firms.[15]


Arrowhead Stadium at night, prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers.

Construction on Arrowhead Stadium was completed in time for the 1972 season. On August 12, 1972, the Chiefs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 24–14 in the first preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium.

In the first regular season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 1972, the Chiefs were defeated by the Miami Dolphins,[16] the team that defeated the Chiefs in "The Longest Game" as the final game in the original Arrowhead Stadium.[17]

On November 5, 1972, 82,094 people (the largest crowd to see a game at Arrowhead Stadium) saw the Chiefs defeat the Oakland Raiders, 27-14, to mark their first regular-season victory in their new home.

In 1973, the stadium was the first in the NFL to include arrows on the yard markers to indicate the nearer goal line. (Initially, they resembled little Indian arrowheads.) This practice would eventually spread to the other NFL stadiums as the 1970s progressed, finally becoming mandatory league-wide in the 1978 season (after being used in Super Bowl XII), and become almost near-universal at lower levels of football.[18]

On January 20, 1974, Arrowhead Stadium hosted the Pro Bowl. Due to an ice storm and brutally cold temperatures the week leading up to the game, the game's participants worked out at the facilities of the San Diego Chargers. On game day, the temperature soared to 41 °F (5 °C), melting most of the ice and snow that accumulated during the week. The AFC defeated the NFC, 15–13.


Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs offense against the Cleveland Browns, 2021.

In 1984, the Jackson County Sports Authority re-evaluated the concept of a fabric dome. The concept was disregarded as being unnecessary and financially impractical. Arrowhead hosted the Drum Corps International World Championships in 1988 and 1989.

In 1991, two Diamond Vision screens shaped as footballs were installed. In 1994, other improvements were made and natural grass playing surface was installed, replacing the original artificial AstroTurf playing field.

In 2009, Arrowhead Stadium completed the installation of a multimillion-dollar integrated system from Daktronics out of Brookings, South Dakota. Two high definition video displays were retrofitted into the existing football-shaped displays in both end zones. Approximately 1,625 feet (495 m) of digital ribbon board technology was also installed in the stadium.[19]

In 2013, Arrowhead Stadium started using a new playing surface known as NorthBridge Bermudagrass. The reason the team made the switch was due to the cold weather tolerance, rapid recovery and aggressive rooting.[6]

In 2021, the Chiefs sold the naming rights for Arrowhead Stadium to GEHA, renaming it GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.[20]

Arrowhead Stadium will be one of the hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and it is scheduled to undergo small renovations in the years ahead. Seating capacity is expected to be reduced in the corners of the end zones to comply with FIFA field regulations. Space would also have to be made for hospitality and media seating (outside of the stadium's already existing press box). The field will also undergo improvement to its ventilation system.[21]

Noise record

Since September 2014, Chiefs fans have been recognized by Guinness World Records as the loudest fan base in the world among outdoor stadiums.[22][23]

In 1990 in a game against the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs were threatened with a penalty if the crowd would not quiet down. After John Elway was backed up to his own goal line and unable to even run a play he quickly spoke to referee Gordon McCarter. After listening to Elway, McCarter said "Any further crowd-noise problem will result in a charged timeout against Kansas City. Thank you for your cooperation."[24]

On October 13, 2013, in a game between the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders, the crowd at the stadium set a Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium, with 137.5 dB.[25] That record would be broken by Seattle Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 at a home game against the New Orleans Saints. Seattle gained the record by reaching a noise level of 137.6 decibels.[26] The Chiefs reclaimed the title on September 29, 2014 in a Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots, hitting 142.2 decibels.[27]

College football

Arrowhead Stadium has hosted five Big 12 Conference football championship games: Kansas State versus Oklahoma in 2000 and 2003, Colorado versus Oklahoma in 2004, Nebraska versus Oklahoma on December 2, 2006, and Missouri versus Oklahoma in 2008.

From 2007 to 2011, Arrowhead Stadium hosted the Border War between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers. The 2007 game between the No. 2 Jayhawks and No. 3 Tigers, dubbed "Armageddon at Arrowhead" by media and fans, drew the second largest crowd in stadium history, at 80,537, with the Tigers winning 36-28.[28] Kansas also played Oklahoma at Arrowhead in 2005. Missouri played Arkansas State in 2005 and BYU in 2015 as home games at Arrowhead. Missouri was scheduled to play Arkansas in 2020; however, the game location was changed to Columbia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tigers and Razorbacks are scheduled to play at Arrowhead in 2024.

In 2009 and 2010, Arrowhead Stadium hosted the annual "Farmageddon" game (a reference to the shared agricultural roots of the two competing schools) between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas State Wildcats.[29] Iowa State previously played at Arrowhead against the Florida State Seminoles in the 2002 Eddie Robinson Classic, while Kansas State played Cal in the 2003 Eddie Robinson Classic.

In 1998, Oklahoma State moved its scheduled home game vs. Nebraska to Arrowhead. The move was done to boost attendance and revenue: Lewis Field in Stillwater sat less than 50,000 fans at that time, the Huskers were the defending national champions, and with many Nebraska supporters living only a few hours' drive via Interstate 29 from Arrowhead, it made sense for a program which, at the time, one of the Big XII's lesser teams.

The stadium also played host to the annual Fall Classic at Arrowhead, a Division II game that featured two nearby powerhouse programs in Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University. The 2004 game featured No. 1 Pittsburg State defeating No. 2 Northwest Missouri State in the only Division II game to feature the nation's top two teams playing in the regular season finale.

For their 2024 season, Kansas will play four conference home games at the stadium due to renovations at their stadium.[30]

Non-annual College Football games
Date Winner Loser Score Attendance
October 3, 1998 Nebraska Oklahoma State 24–17 79,555
August 24, 2002 Florida State Iowa State 38–31 55,132
August 23, 2003 Kansas State Cal 42-28 50,823
September 3, 2005 Missouri Arkansas State 44–17 32,906
October 15, 2005 Oklahoma Kansas 19–3 54,109
November 14, 2015 Missouri* BYU 20-16 42,824

Upcoming Non-annual College Football games
Date Home
September 28, 2024 Kansas TCU
October 19, 2024 Kansas Houston
November 9, 2024 Kansas Iowa State
November 23, 2024 Kansas Colorado

*Win vacated


The friendly between the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) and Manchester United F.C., July 2010.

With the formation of Major League Soccer in 1996, Arrowhead Stadium became home to the Kansas City Wiz. After the 1996 season, the team was renamed the Wizards. They left after the 2007 season, after being sold by the Hunt Family to On Goal, LLC, once their lease ended. This was also beneficial so that construction work on Arrowhead Stadium's renovation could take place during the NFL off-season. The Wizards moved to CommunityAmerica Ballpark in 2008 and did not return to Arrowhead except for one friendly.[31]

That friendly was played on July 25, 2010; the Kansas City Wizards faced Manchester United at Arrowhead Stadium for the English team's third preseason friendly in America during 2011. Due to ticket demand, they could not play the game at their new home stadium, CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The match ended with Kansas City winning 2-1 with Dimitar Berbatov scoring the only goal for Manchester United on a penalty kick.

The stadium has hosted two US Men's National Team matches and three Women's National Team matches.

Arrowhead will host the Sporting Kansas City vs. Inter Miami MLS fixture on April 13, 2024 to accommodate the large demand for tickets to witness Lionel Messi playing for the visiting side, the first game for the club at the stadium since 2010.

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Game type Attendance
October 7, 1999  United States 6–0  Finland Women's International Friendly 36,405
August 20, 2000  United States 1–1  Canada Women's International Friendly 21,246
April 25, 2001  United States 1–0  Costa Rica 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF final round 37,319
October 22, 2003  United States 2–2  Italy Women's International Friendly 18,263
October 16, 2004  United States 1–0  Mexico Women's International Friendly 20,435
July 25, 2010 United States Kansas City Wizards 2–1 England Manchester United Club Friendly 52,424
March 31, 2015  Mexico 1–0  Paraguay International Friendly 38,114
Upcoming games
Date Teams Game type
April 13, 2024 United States Sporting Kansas City
United States Inter Miami CF
2024 MLS season
July 1, 2024  United States
2024 Copa América

2026 FIFA World Cup

Arrowhead Stadium was chosen as one of the 16 venues that will host games during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted jointly by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The stadium will require renovations. Kansas City, Missouri mayor Quinton Lucas estimated the cost of the necessary renovations at $50 million.[32] The stadium will host matches six matches, including four group stage matches, one Round of 32 match, and one quarterfinal match.[33]


One of the entrances to the stadium.
Rear view of the stadium

On April 4, 2006, Jackson County voters approved a tax increase to finance municipal bonds to pay for $850 million in renovations to Arrowhead Stadium and nearby Kauffman Stadium.[34] Before the bond election, the NFL awarded the 49th Super Bowl in 2015 to Kansas City provided it would have a climate-controlled stadium. With the passing of the stadium bill, the Chiefs signed a new lease which ensures that the team will remain at Arrowhead until at least 2031.[35]

However, a second bond issue to build the rolling roof shared with Kauffman Stadium that was part of the original 1967 stadium plan was defeated by voters, and Kansas City chose to withdraw its request to host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015; the game was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium (now State Farm Stadium) in Glendale, Arizona.[36]

On August 15, 2007, the Chiefs announced final plans for the renovated Arrowhead Stadium, which would cost $375 million. The cost to the city was reduced by $50 million thanks to an additional payment by the Hunt family, which originally had intended to donate $75 million. The renovated stadium features the Chiefs Hall of Honor, a tribute to Lamar Hunt, and "horizon level" seating in which luxury suite owners sit outdoors.[37]

Reconstruction for the stadiums started on October 3, 2007. Refurbishment of nearby Kauffman Stadium, home to the Kansas City Royals baseball team, commenced at that time, and both completely-refurbished stadiums were ready for play by the 2010 season.[38]

In 2019, the Chiefs announced multiple renovations for the 2020 season, which included replaced seats in the lower level, a new video display on the East end, and locker room upgrades.[39]

Stadium music

From 1963 to 2008, the TD Pack Band was a mainstay at every Chiefs home game. The band was founded by trumpeter Tony DiPardo.[40] The band was previously known as The Zing Band while the Chiefs played at Municipal Stadium. DiPardo, nicknamed "Mr. Music",[41] was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 15, 1912. DiPardo has written songs about the team such as "The Chiefs are on the Warpath" and "The Hank Stram Polka". DiPardo received a Super Bowl ring for the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV.


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Events and tenants
Preceded by Home of the
Kansas City Chiefs

1972 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Kansas City Wizards

1996 – 2007
Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of the
NFL Pro Bowl

Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of
AFC Championship Game

2019 - 2023
Succeeded by
Preceded by Home of the
Big 12 Championship Game

2003 – 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of the
Drum Corps International
World Championship

1988 – 1989
Succeeded by