Occasionally referred to as the Red Sea, Arrowhead Stadium is part of Kansas City's Truman Sports Complex. Sharing the space with Kauffman Stadium, during game time there is no contest between the two. Known as one of the loudest stadiums in the National Football League due to the volume of the fans, Arrowhead is the current home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Constructed between 1968 and 1972, Arrowhead Stadium is located in Jackson County. It is an open air stadium, as roof and doming bonds continue to be rejected by area voters. Despite the harsh weather that plagues fans in the winter months of the season, the stadium has sold out for more than 17 consecutive seasons. Ice storms and freezing rain have delayed games, but it is not the weather that has earned the stadium Sport's Illustrated's title of "Toughest Place to Play''.
Once measured at an ear splitting 116 decibels, the maniacally loyal Chiefs fans cheer on their team at top volume. The result is that the Chiefs have the best at-home record of any team in the NFL. The stadium has its own band, the TD Pack Band, led by the DiPardo family, who provides live music in addition to the fan volume. For their contributions to the overall atmosphere and several customized team songs (ie, "The Chiefs are on the Warpath''), Tony DiPardo was awarded a Superbowl ring along with the regular team members after the Chiefs victory at SuperBowl IV.
Renovations in 2007 and 2008 are providing upgrades to the stadium. These renovations include luxury suites, a Chiefs Halls Of Honor and upgraded visual media equipment. The renovations also allow Arrowhead Stadium to continue to host the Big 12 Championship games and college Border Battle each year and provide a home to the Kansas City Wizards, the local soccer squad.
With the renovations, the Chiefs have pledged to remain at Arrowhead through 2031. Comforted, fans will continue modifying the national anthem that is sung at the stadium. Loudly and proudly, they declare Arrowhead to be the " . . .land of the free, and the home of the CHIEFS''.