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Makeover lights up Arrowhead Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs have unveiled a series of upgrades to their Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs have installed a state-of-the-art scoreboard, new seats in the upper deck equipped with cupholders and the GEHA Drum Deck.

Waterproofing measures were also reapplies to the upper deck – which doubles as the roof of the CommunityAmerica Credit Union Club Level – in a process that involved replacing and reinforcing concrete in addition to adding a “Urethane Membrane” to the upper bowl.

Brandon Hamilton, Chiefs vice president of stadium operations, said:

The most-important renovation that we made from my standpoint was the concrete renovation in the upper bowl. Water is a big problem and will cause things to deteriorate quicker than what we want them to, so it was important to get this done and preserve the stadium.

Months of research culminated in the new seats, which are wider and feature cupholders while delivering a renewed game-day experience for fans watching from the upper deck.

The unique shaped scoreboard also ups the level of fan engagement in the stadium.

Chiefs President Mark Donovan said:

That scoreboard shape is iconic, and it was really important to [Chairman & CEO] Clark [Hunt] and the family that no matter what we did, we needed to retain that board.

That was important but also a challenge, because you’re putting HD technology into an odd shape.

Arrowhead is now the only stadium in the NFL to feature this particular advanced Daktronics scoreboard. Hamilton added:

This scoreboard puts us at the forefront of technology. It has the ability to do what’s called a 9,000-nit rating, which allows us in bright sunlight – such as a noon game – to increase the output on the board to combat the sun and make it really bright. Right now, we’re the only NFL team that has that technology.

Images courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs