Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of ceremonies prior to the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

An Addict Writer’s First Trip to Arrowhead Stadium For Chiefs vs. Raiders

This weekend, I’m one of you.

I’ve been a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs for a long time. It wasn’t always that way, though. If you’ve ever taken the eight seconds it takes to read my bio, you’d know that I started out life as a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Montana was the quarterback and he was throwing to Jerry Rice and John Taylor and handing it off to Roger Craig. Life was good. Then Joe got hurt, Steve Young stepped in and the rest is history. I followed Joe Montana east from San Francisco to Kansas City and have been with the team since.

Unlike other former 49er, now Chiefs fans, I’m not from the bay area. I’m not even from California. I was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. If you didn’t know, the entire state of Montana doesn’t have one million people, much less a professional football team. The options growing up were to be a Seattle Seahawks fan, a Minnesota Vikings fan or a Denver Broncos fan. Even from a young age, I hated the Broncos. My mom was a 49ers fan, and so was I.

Following the team for the last 20 years, I’ve seen the ups and downs. I lived the elation during the Montana playoff wins and the near Superbowl appearance. I cheered the 2003 Chiefs to 9-0 and cried when they lost to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. I was excited when Clark Hunt hired Scott Pioli and then miserable through his entire reign of terror. I’ve been there through it all.

But, unlike the vast majority of Chiefs fans who are in and around the KC area I did it from afar. I did it in front of my television in my living most of the time. The 2008 season, I did it mostly via the internet as I was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. This season, I watch much more critically, as I not only am a fan, but now deliver you, the Addicts, my opinion and analysis of the games.

But this weekend, I’m one of you.

I believe John Denver said it best when he sang:

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.”

For the first time ever, I’m coming to Kansas City. For the first time ever, I’ll be in the Sea of Red and experience it first-hand instead of listening to the announcers talk about what’s it like. I will get to walk the parking lot of Arrowhead and mingle with all my fellow fans. And I CAN’T WAIT.

This adventure all started during training camp this year. I was talking to my wife (who is awesome, by the way) about an article I was working on for Arrowhead Addict. She turned to me and said: “we should go to KC for training camp.”

I explained that training camp was nearly over, so we would have to wait until next year. She then said we should find a regular season game to go to. That’s where it started. Through my connections here at Addict, I was able to get some tickets from one of the editors. After that, everything just fell into place. I picked the Raider game because it not only fit our schedule, but it’s the Raiders and I wanted to see a rivalry game. It was only coincidence that this is the game where the Sea of Red will bring the title of “loudest stadium” back to Arrowhead. And I’ll be there.

So, as you read this, my wife and I will be boarding a plane from San Antonio, Texas to Kansas City by way of Dallas. We’ll be attending the Sea of Red Tour tonight at Arrowhead this afternoon, and having dinner at Oklahoma Joe’s tonight.

Tomorrow morning, we’ll be at Arrowhead as the sun is coming up. I want the full experience. I’ve already had a couple of Addicts reach out and invite me to their tailgates. But I’m open for more. If you’re going to be at the stadium tomorrow, let me know in the comments section. I would absolutely love to stop by and say hi and share some “breakfast brisket” or an adult beverage with you.

Arrowhead will be rocking and I’ll be there. You’ll know me, I’ll be the one rocking my #11 jersey. The Chiefs haven’t lost since I’ve been wearing it, and like the commercial says, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

See you tomorrow, Addicts!

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  • berttheclock

    I do hope Micah has been able to obtain a shipment of the excellent ale from Eugene, OR, Ninsaki, for your tail gating pleasure. You really should try their Christmas ale, “Sleigh,R”.

    Now, onward to Sleigh’Ring the Raiders.

  • freshmeat62

    If you’re active duty AF in San Antonio, you must be at either Lackland (where I had basic) or at Randolph (where I spent 2 1/2 years, and loved it – 45 years ago). Was down there last year and wanted to just drive around the base again, but they wouldn’t let me on. 45 Years ago I was good enough to get me butt shot at to defend the place if necessary, but now I can’t even visit. Oh well.

    I can’t be at the game, but I’ll be 60 miles away screaming my lungs out, so I’m counting on you to do the same. If you want to try getting in shape for the noise, go out on a runway and stand next to a T38 w/ jets blasting. That will be a good start.

    • berttheclock

      Any chance he could hitch a hop to Whiteman? Just loved those military hops. In Germany, you could go to Rhein-Main and if you had the proper paper work, you could catch hops all over Europe and even back to the, as many used to say, “The World”.

      However, as to noise, try standing a little too close to the muzzle of an eight incher or 175 mm at Grafenwohr or even Ft Sill. You might even be able to pick up some extra cash once a month in medical hearing disability down the road.

      • freshmeat62

        I used to get hops when I could. My home town is Maryville, and it’s almost equal distance between Omaha (Offutt), and KC (Richards-Gebaur, or even that cow pasture they landed at over by Topeka, Forbes I believe)

    • berttheclock

      Jason and several of his USAF buddies might be planning to paraglide into Arrowhead dressed in Red and Gold Elvis outfits, crooning, “Heartbreak Hotel” to the Raiders.

  • Jason

    When the Nationa Anthem is sang, sit back, soak it in and listen to the end. beautiful man, beautiful…. GO CHIEFS!

    • Chris Tarrants

      Don’t listen til the end, at the end start hollering and the home oooooof the chieeeeeeeefs!

  • chiefridgy

    Awesome!

  • xxJamesTxx

    Active duty Army in Cibolo. We are probably neighbors. lol Have fun and be extra loud for the rest of us in San Antonio who can’t be there!

  • kcseek

    Jason,
    Glad to hear you’re finally making the trip here!
    I imagine you are also excited about the other world record attempt going on at Arrowhead stadium on Sunday!

    The world record attempt for the largest flying formation (45 planes) will happen just before the game time.
    What a perfect game you have chosen as your first game to see the Kansas City Chiefs!
    I’ll be there and pumped up for the game!
    Chiefs sideline, 50 yard line, Row 23!
    What awesome tickets I got this time?
    I feel so lucky & excited!
    GO CHIEFS!

  • Chris Tarrants

    We arrived last night, and thanks to my brother Inlaw I scored tickets to the Cardinals and Dodgers game today! Get a few hours of sleep and then heading to Arrowhead to absolutely scream my freaking head off. Seattles 12th man has nothing on us. Jason if we run into each other I will buy you a beer! I will be the guy in the red jearsey lol well ok I’m the white guy in the Eric Berry jearsey with my beautiful wife by my side. Ok no more hints ;) can’t make that beer too easy

    • Chris Tarrants

      Just left Busch stadium and it Arrowhead is as loud as it was there tonight Seattle will be the second loudest stadium! Also hoping this good luck road trip of mine continues into tomorrow!!!!!

  • Logan Grace

    Jason you download the Chief’s mobile app and use it during the game. If provides pretty cool replays from like 6 different angles

  • steve james

    Don’tdrink too much it hurts your volume & they will need every decibel to brake that record! Wish I could be there!

  • Michael Case

    My wife and I made the trip from SA to KC for the Dallas game last month, she’s a Cowboys fan but I still love her. Oklahoma Joe’s is the best. We stayed at the hotel across the street so we could walk to the game. Was an awesome experience!

  • Jim Harper

    So glad to hear you are finally going to make it to Arrowhead. It will be an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life. I am sure our Chiefs will make it even more special with a victory to take home with you. I can’t wait to read your report after you get home. Don’t leave out a thing!

  • EditorMan

    Awesome news Jason. I always enjoy your articles and can’t wait for your eyewitness account this time. So cool your wife is a part of this also.