Arrowhead Stadium was rocking when the Kansas City Chiefs opened their season against the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve had some fun over the years exposing people to the Arrowhead experience, especially for the first time.
On Nov. 11, 1998, I took my girlfriend to Kansas City to meet up with two former college roommates. It was the Monday Night Football game against the Denver Broncos when Derrick Thomas had a meltdown. The Chiefs were flagged for five personal fouls, three attributed to Thomas, and Kansas City lost 30-7.
Even in an embarrassing loss while sitting in the nosebleeds, she had a blast. There really are no bad seats in Arrowhead, for one. Getting a picture with stadium personality “Arrow Man” as we left was a bonus for her, as she’d seen him on television and viewed him as somewhat of a celebrity.
I took my father to his first ever professional football game on Dec. 12, 1999 at Arrowhead. Both the Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings had missed field goals that day and the fourth quarter was wild. Eric Hicks returned a fumble for a touchdown, and Randy Moss returned a punt to tie it up.
We stood 12 rows behind the Chiefs’ band and watched Pete Stoyanovich‘s game-winning kick come right at us with three seconds left. Mascot K.C. Wolf signaled the attempt good and the Chiefs kingdom went wild. My dad later commented that he had heard broadcasters talk about how loud it was, but “had no idea it was that loud!”
On Oct. 22, 2000, a co-worker who I’d previously introduced to the excitement of 1 Arrowhead Drive invited me on a return trip. The first time, he was fascinated with the tailgating, especially the friendliness and food. This time, however, he got to experience the magic.
The Chiefs proved that the “greatest show on turf” in Missouri is in Kansas City. They defeated the undefeated returning Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams 54-34. Backup quarterback Warren Moon was even inserted in the fourth quarter.
Times have been tough in Kansas City sports. Some have stated the the best professional team in town is Sporting KC, the recently renamed MLS soccer team. But win or lose, the Arrowhead Experience is the best in the league.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia or “Like” him on Facebook