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Truman Sports Complex is in Kansas City, Missouri, pictured before expansive renovations in the late 2000s, with Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium.

The Truman Sports Complex is a sports and entertainment facility in Kansas City, Missouri. It hosts two major league sports venues: Arrowhead Stadium, hosting the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, and Kauffman Stadium, hosting Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. The complex also hosts various other events during the rest of the year.


An A-10 Warthog flew over the complex in 2017.

The Truman Sports Complex was built and owned by the government of Jackson County and managed by the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, which is a State of Missouri agency.[1] The current complex design, made by Charles Deaton, was arrived at when Deaton caught the ear of Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Jack Steadman and suggested building side-by-side stadiums for the two sports with each stadium customized to its needs.[2] The original plan called for separate side-by-side stadiums[3] with a mutual rolling roof. However, the roof was never built due to cost.[2] The complex was revolutionary in an age when new stadiums tended to be built as multiuse venues for planning and cost purposes.

The design not only made Deaton's reputation, but also made that of the architects that implemented his plans, Kivett and Myers. In 1975, the firm merged with Kansas City architect firm HNTB and went on to design stadiums like Giants Stadium, the RCA Dome, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, and Ralph Wilson Stadium. In 1983, several HNTB architects were hired by St. Louis-based architectural firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, forming what would later become Populous and opening their primary office in Kansas City.

The construction of the complex was undertaken by the joint venture of the Sharp, Kidde, and Webb construction firms.[4]

On October 27, 1985, the Chiefs hosted a Noon kickoff game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Denver Broncos in which Denver won, 30–10.[5] Later that night across the complex at Royals Stadium, the Royals won Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.[6][7][8]

Kansas City began a project to renovate both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums in 2007, following the passage of a 38 cent sales tax increase in a referendum in 2006. Improvements to Kauffman Stadium were finished in time for the MLB Opening Day in 2009,[9] and Arrowhead Stadium was completed in time for the NFL Opening Day in 2010. A separate tax referendum to raise funds to finally build the rolling roof failed. Both stadiums are being renovated by Populous.[10][11]

With renovations, both the Royals and Chiefs have leases on the stadiums through January 31, 2031. Their previous lease which was renegotiated in 1990 had been set to expire January 31, 2015.[12]

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium

Main article: Arrowhead Stadium

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, opened in the fall of 1972. George Halas called Arrowhead "the most revolutionary, futuristic sports complex I have ever seen."[2] Fans occasionally refer to the stadium as "The Sea of Red" or simply just Arrowhead. The stadium is commonly referred to as the "Home of the CHIEFS" at the beginning of every home game.[13][14] Arrowhead has long held a reputation for being one of, if not the, loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL due to the exuberance of the Chiefs' fans.[15] In recent years, Arrowhead has competed with Lumen Field in Seattle for the loudest open-air stadium in the world, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Kansas City briefly held the record when the crowd roar reached 137.5 decibels in a Chiefs victory over the Oakland Raiders on October 13, 2013; but Seattle's 12th Man broke the record only a few weeks later at 137.8 decibels.[16] Arrowhead reclaimed the title, however, on September 29, 2014, when noise levels reached 142.2 decibels as the Chiefs defeated the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.[17]

Kauffman Stadium

Main article: Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals, opened in early 1973 as Royals Stadium and is located adjacent to Arrowhead. The stadium's name was changed in 1993 to honor Royals founder Ewing Kauffman just months before his death. Even though the stadium is slightly older than 40 years old, it is the sixth-oldest stadium in MLB, as a result of the construction of a number of new stadiums in the 1990s. It was the only baseball-specific stadium completed from the early 1960s until the early 1990s. It is also one of eight stadiums in Major League Baseball that doesn't have a corporate-sponsored name (the others are Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and Nationals Park).

In addition to that, the stadium was the last baseball-only park that was built in the majors (not counting temporary facilities) from 1966 to 1991 and one of the few baseball-only facilities built in the majors during the heyday of the cookie-cutter stadium era, as well as one of two such facilities (alongside Dodger Stadium) that are still active and were never converted for use as multi-purpose stadiums. Despite its status as a baseball-only park throughout its history, it is one of only two active MLB stadiums (the other being Rogers Centre) that features symmetrical outfield dimensions, commonly associated with multi-purpose stadiums.


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  2. ^ a b c Karl Zinke, Ahead of its time; Royal helped build first two-stadium facility.
  3. ^ Suppes, by Munsey and. "Arrowhead Stadium".
  4. ^ "Webb Spinner 1969-1970" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - October 27th, 1985". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  6. ^ "Kansas City Royals 11, St. Louis Cardinals 0". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  7. ^ Durso, Joseph (October 28, 1985). "Royal Rout a Bitter Ending For Cards". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2023.
  8. ^ "1985 World Series: The wild and crazy complete story of the Kansas City Royals' unlikely win". Fox Sports. Retrieved March 16, 2023.
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  10. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs - Chiefs Unveil The New Arrowhead". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
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  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  14. ^ Welcome to Arrowhead - Thanksgiving,
  15. ^ "Stadiums of the NFL-Arrowhead Stadium-Kansas City Chiefs". Archived from the original on December 16, 2008.
  16. ^ "Chiefs fans break noise record". October 13, 2013.
  17. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs fans reclaim record for loudest crowd roar at sports stadium". Guinness World Records. October 2, 2014.


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