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History of the Kansas City Chiefs II

Whoops. Gotta bump this one back down. There is a lot taken from Wikipedia in here. -Chris

Okay, you really didn't think I was going to end it all with the first one did you? There is a lot more to mention concerning the Kansas City Chiefs. I'm going to start off by asking you a question. This answer may surprise you and then again it may not. Being the savvy fans that you are. Who are the Kansas City Chiefs? The answer will follow. Lets continue on our abbreviated journey in Chiefs history by continuing where I left off.

In January 1967, the Chiefs played in what is now known as the first Super Bowl, at that time it was known as the AFL - NFL Championship game and didn't become known as the Super bowl until the third one. Previously, in October Charlie Finley finally got approval to move the Kansas City Athletics out of the aging Municipal Stadium and its inner city neighborhood. The City of Kansas City was unable to find a suitable location for a stadium. No one was willing to build another downtown stadium, and no surrounding county was willing to part ways with land or money in the surrounding counties, with the exception of one, Jackson County, Missouri. The Jackson County board had the foresight and stepped in offering a suburban location on the extreme east edge of Kansas City near the interchange of Interstate 70 and Interstate 435.

Voters in 1967 approved a $102 million bond issue to build new stadiums. The original design called for construction of separate baseball and football stadiums with a common roof that would roll between them. The design proved to be more complicated and expensive than originally thought and so was scrapped in favor of the current open air configuration. The two-stadium complex concept was the first of its kind. Another first for Kansas City, the citizens and the fans. The Chiefs staff, led by Jack Steadman, helped develop the complex.

Construction began in 1968. The original two stadium concept was initially suggested by Denver architect Charles Deaton and Steadman. Deaton's design was implemented by the Kansas City architect firm of Kivett & Myers. Arrowhead was considered to be an architectural influence in the construction of many future NFL stadiums. In 1975 the firm merged with Kansas City architect firm HNTB which has gone on to design stadiums across the country including the following NFL stadiums: Giants Stadium, RCA Dome, INVESCO Field at Mile High and Ralph Wilson Stadium. Other architects from Kivett joined HOK Sport,Venue& Event which is headquartered in Kansas City. Almost every professional stadium the United States in the last 20 years has been designed by the firms.

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Construction on Arrowhead Stadium was completed for the 1972 season. Over 79,000 red and gold seats in three tiers, enclosed the entire Astroturf playing surface in 1972. On August 12, 1972, The Chiefs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 24–14 in the first game at Arrowhead Stadium. Later on in the 1972 season, the largest crowd to see a game in Arrowhead Stadium was 82,094 in a Chiefs game against the Oakland Raiders on November 5.

On January 20, 1974, Arrowhead Stadium hosted what was called the AFC - NFC All Stars game, which has since come to be known as the Pro Bowl. Due to an ice storm and brutally cold temperatures the week leading up to the game, the players worked out at the facilities of the San Diego Chargers. On game day, the temperature soared to 41 degrees, melting most of the ice and snow that accumulated during the week. The AFC defeated the NFC by a score of 15–13.

I was one of the lucky ones in attendance at that All Star game. It was still pretty cool temperature wise, but was totally awesome to see.

Arrowhead Stadium is also known as "The Red Sea" or simply "Arrowhead". This is where the more modern history of the Chiefs began, old legends carried on and new legends were born as well as new traditions.

This brings me to a older legend in the Chiefs history, no, not one of a person but one that is still remembered and still holds fond memories for many Chiefs fans.

Warpaint

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This is the second Warpaint in 1972.

Warpaint was the mascot pinto horse for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1963 to 1989. The gelding is most famously associated with the Chiefs' glory days at Municipal Stadium when the team won two AFL Championships, and the horse led the team's victory parade after their win in Super Bowl IV. The horse was ridden bareback by rider Bob Johnson who wore full Native American headdress. Warpaint circled the field at the beginning of each game and after each touchdown, often with a large Chiefs flag fluttering in the air. In 1975, the Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 42-10, prompting Warpaint to circle the field plenty of times. This prompted John Madden the then Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders to exclaim "We couldn't beat the Chiefs, but we damn near killed their horse".

Warpaint was said to have lost its footing when the team switched from natural grass at Municipal Stadium to artificial turf at Arrowhead Stadium. Charges were also made that the horse and rider were demeaning to Native Americans, helping to end its use as the team's mascot.The first Warpaint was born in 1955, and the second was born in 1968. The second Warpaint died in 2005 at the age of 37 at Benjamin Stables in Kansas City where it is now buried. The horse made an appearance at a 1997 Chiefs game where it received a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd. The Chiefs have reportedly considered bringing a horse of the same name back for a future season. Something I would personally love to see.

Now for the answer to the question I posed at the beginning. Simply put, the fans are the Kansas City Chiefs.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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