The conditions for the players weren’t much better, reflected the Chiefs Chris Burford, who started in the game and knew War Memorial to be “one of the most decrepit stadiums in the AFL.” He along with a number of players of that era were quick to recall the long walk down a flight of steel stairs when they exited the tiny locker room onto a narrow concourse, past concession stands, then down another flight of stairs through an area occupied by fans and finally onto the field.
Teammate Smokey Stover remembered the hostility of the Bills’ fans that day. “My wife was spared,” he recalled, “after barely being missed by a flying beer bottle.”
Speculation had been heard that Kansas University was a possible site of the Kansas City Chiefs preseason football training camp this summer. Also rumored was that the Chiefs might play some pre-season games at KU if their new stadium was not yet completed.
Late Wednesday night the Chiefs issued a statement from GM Scott Pioli on the death of Junior Seau: “I’m shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Junior Seau. Junior was a phenomenal football player, but more importantly a great man who I considered a friend. He was a player that always reminded us that football should be fun and he was a true joy to be around. This is a tremendous loss for all of those who were blessed to cross his path. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”