Yesterday, I went to Arrowhead Stadium (which is technically branded now as GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium) in Kansas City, Missouri for the KC Chiefs vs. the Dallas Cowboys American football game. It’s only the second American football game I’ve seen live; the first was at Paul Brown Stadium featuring the home team of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. the Cleveland Browns in a rivalry game. Any live experience, whether it’s my bag of professional wrestling, entertainment, or sports, even if you aren’t necessarily into that thing, as I’m not into football, is still fun. Because it’s live! And the atmosphere, particularly at a stadium with 70,000-some other fans, is fun and gets you into the fun.
Due to my professional wrestling fandom and because WWE runs stadium shows, I’ve been to a number of stadiums over the years, including Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan; MetLife Stadium (on two different occasions) in East Rutherford, New Jersey; AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Out of those stadiums, I would rank them this way, off the top of my head:
- Arrowhead Stadium
- AT&T Stadium
- Camping World Stadium
- MetLife Stadium
- Ford Field
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The primary reason behind my ranking: The ease with which to get into the stadium and the ease with which to get out of the stadium. Arrowhead Stadium stands head and shoulders above the other four. It was a breeze and orderly. In addition, I also rank Mercedes-Benz Superdome particularly last because it was such a tiny stadium, relatively speaking, and not befitting 78,133 professional wrestling fans.
Also, while I can’t compare a wrestling crowd to a football crowd, the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium was the loudest crowd I’ve ever been in. Just unreal volume. Consistently throughout the entire game, no less. And the craziest part? These folks never sat down! The entire four quarters, everyone stood. I’m not sure you even need seats in that stadium. Just wild.
The only downside to Arrowhead Stadium is they didn’t open the stadium itself until two hours before the game. That seemed oddly late to me. That said, they made up for it with an awesome tailgating food truck and music center outside the stadium. We had delicious rib fries with cheese and one of the best beers I’ve had in a LONG time. I highly recommend it.
Anyhow, prior to the game, we also enjoyed the National College Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Experience. So, not only do you get the history of college basketball, but you also get an interactive experience where you get to shoot three’s, buzzer-beaters, free throws, and much more. Something I always make a point to do when traveling somewhere new is to take in some sort of history or niche thing. I’m glad I got to cross that off my list. I’m not a big sports guy, but I love history of any kind, including of sports. I enjoyed the interactive experience as well, even though I get super anxious and self-conscious doing something athletic and skill-based in front of people. It wasn’t a pretty sight, ha.
We also took in the Missouri River and City Market at night.
Overall, it was a great little weekend trip. If you haven’t been to Arrowhead, I would highly recommend it, even if you aren’t a football fan. Keep scrolling after this hodgepodge gallery:
So, here’s a snippet of the noise, keeping in mind that no video can do the live experience with your own ears justice: