The plan includes a total renovation and updating of the existing stadium, but does not
include any moderization for the adjacent Kauffman Stadium in the twin sports complex.
In August 2007, ground was broken by the Chiefs to invest a total of $125 million in private money, in addition to the previously announced voter-approved public funding. Among the improvements, 2,400 seats will be removed to increase the private suites and boxes from 113 to 133.
One of the huge factors in determining a financial package concerns whether it will include Jackson County, Mo., voters only (as was done in '68), or go for a bi-state
package in the fourteen Metropolitan counties in Kansas and Missouri.
The key motivation for a January Super Bowl in "cold-winter Kansas City" is a tribute to
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who is credited with coining the moniker "Super Bowl" and is oberserving his 45th season as an NFL team owner.
Chiefs President Carl Peterson said there will be no increase in ticket prices to pay for any part of the improvements and regular season games will be uninterrupted by the renovations, scheduled for completion by the end of 2010.
When the rolling roof over the entire complex was designed to cost $6.5 million in 1970
dollars -- and the bids came in at $8 million -- it was shelved as too costly.
A "Hall of Honor" plaza will be constructed inside the stadium to honor the Chiefs' late founder and owner Lamar Hunt and pay tribute to notable players in the teams' history which dates back to 1960.
As a part of the plan, there will be 50% more concession stands and 80% more restrooms along the concourses which will be doubled in size.
The Chiefs re-negotiated the contract so that work could begin immediately after the last game of the '07 season in order to have renovations completed before the 2010 season begins.
The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals played the inaugural game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 12, 1972.
Seating capacity is 79,000.
Construction cost overruns and project delays caused by a lengthy strike eventually forced the roof concept to be put on hold.
In the late 1960s, after design and seating capacity concerns caused plans for a single, multi-purpose domed stadium to be scrapped, Kansas City opted to construct two separate stadia, one for football and one for baseball.
Voters approved the Sports Complex bond issue in 1967, which included plans for a revolutionary concept - the world’s first rolling stadium roof.
At the NFL's annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced a possible Super Bowl at Arrowhead within a decade, IF a $200-million, climate-controlled, rolling roof is built over the stadium.
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