Rendering provided by the Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs announce renovations to Arrowhead Stadium

[Update: On April 2, residents of Jackson County, Missouri, voted down a sales tax measure that would helped to fund renovations to Arrowhead Stadium. We will continue to update this story.]

The Kansas City Chiefs released initial concepts for a renovation of Arrowhead Stadium.

“For more than five decades, Arrowhead Stadium has been the home of the Chiefs, and a home for so many of our fans,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “This is where generations of Chiefs fans fell in love with the game. History has been written here, legends have been born here, and lifelong memories have been made within these walls. The stadium has become part of the fabric of our community. Today we are excited to share our plans to extend the life of Arrowhead for future generations of Chiefs fans.”

The club has consulted with a team of experts from Populous – one of the world’s preeminent sports design and architecture firms that is headquartered right here in Kansas City – on best-in-class features and concepts that would elevate an already revered venue and unrivaled fan experience to new heights. The team presented renderings and video of proposed repairs, maintenance, renovations and enhancements that would maintain Arrowhead Stadium as the home of the four-time Super Bowl champion Chiefs for decades to come, but would double down on its status as an iconic cultural landmark for Kansas City and the entire Midwest region, as well as a destination for sports and entertainment fans from around the world.

Renovation concepts include:

  • New turf-covered Activation Zone with tailgate areas and covered entertainment space built over the current site of Kauffman Stadium for gameday activations and year-round community opportunities.
  • A new Upper Concourse Connection Bridge will create 360-degree wrap-around connectivity for fans on the upper concourse as well as additional space for new food and beverage points of sale.
  • Upper Concourse Canopy will provide weather protection for all fans on the upper-level concourse, in addition to infrared heaters and overhead fans increasing year-round comfort.
  • New VIP Stadium Entry Points will lead to all-new spaces inside the stadium and will also decrease fan traffic and congestion at existing general admission gates.
  • New Sideline Clubs will be constructed after excavating under the lower-level seating bowl to create new premium experiences for gamedays and special events.
  • New Video Boards will be increased in size while keeping their iconic shape to complement the stadium’s unique curved endzones while new LED Ribbon Boards will also be installed.
  • Upgraded TV, Wi-Fi, DAS (distributed antenna system) and Audio System Technology will be introduced throughout the stadium, enhancing fan connectivity as well as the clarity and quality of the game presentation in-stadium.
  • New End Zone Clubs and Suites will introduce new viewing and hospitality experiences that are now common in newer NFL venues.
  • New Concession Stands, Retail Spaces and Restrooms will result in improved access and reduced wait times around the building.
  • A New Field Access Tunnel will provide a new field access point for visiting teams, closer access to new visiting team areas, as well as faster event turnover for major concerts and other special events.
  • Full Suite and Club Lounge renovations and updates will deliver the latest in technology, fixtures and furniture for every existing suite.
  • Traditional Concession Stands will be converted to modern Grab-n-Go Markets throughout general concourses, resulting in an anticipated increase in speed of service by 30-40% and transaction times will decrease with new point-of-sale technology systems.