Jackson County residents will soon be able to purchase old stadium seats from Arrowhead Stadium before the general public.
At first, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the good news that they were finally renovating the upper deck of Arrowhead Stadium at the total cost of $10 million (actual cost $11.5M). Now the second bit of good news to drop is that nostalgic fans of the team will be able to take home some of the old seats as keepsakes soon enough.
Team president Mark Donovan announced the first major stadium renovations in a decade last January and detailed the overall plan. Changes included new LED panels in the Arrowvision scoreboard over the west end zone, weatherproofing of the concrete for the entire upper deck, and brand new seats with cupholders which will enhance the experience for fans at the highest levels of the stadium.
When the plan was first announced, fans were instantly curious as to what would happen to the old seats, which have to be completely torn out and removed for the sake of the weatherproofing process. At first it was called into question as to whether or not fans would be able to have access to the old seats, but a report in April made it clear the day was soon coming.
Now the latest information to break is that Jackson County residents will have first dibs on the chairs before they go on sale to the general public.
Schneider Industries, a company based in St. Louis, will front the county $75,000 to move and store the chairs and the company and county will then split the profits equally, per a KSHB report. The money made in profits will go toward renovations of local park playgrounds to make them accessible to everyone.