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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 17, 1972: Head coach Don Shula, of the Miami Dolphins, walks onto the field prior the first game of the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 17, 1972 at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

61. Arrowhead Stadium opens its gates (1972)

Arrowhead stadium is designed to be an intimidating place. It had a number of events that turned its way over the course of its evolution that have turned it into the mystical venue it has become.

The original design called for a one-of-a-kind roof to cover the stadium. Cost and time in the initial construction of the stadium caused the roof to be abandoned. That stroke of luck was paramount. Without the roof, Arrowhead Stadium became the open air, all-weather challenge it is today. Teams visiting early in the season have to deal with the heat in the hot sun. Late-season visitors are met with sleet, snow and cold winds. This gives the acclimated home team the advantage nearly year round.

Arrowhead’s design was applauded for its open sightlines from every seat in the house. It was built to surround the field with 360° of seating, with no gaps and no open bowls. The goal was to give an unobstructed view to as much of the fan base as possible. The second stroke of luck turned see him into another weapon to use against opponents. The design for visual experience took the audible experience beyond any other venue in professional sports. Though 40 years old that dominance was reaffirmed in 2014 with the breaking of the stadium decibel record. Arrowhead remains the loudest stadium in the world at 142.2 dB.

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