A lot of other folks have covered the field performance of the Chiefs last night, but I thought I would string together a few of my impressions of the new stadium and the crowd as well. For the record, I sit on the Club level, so opinions from the upper and lower levels may be different.
- The crowd: WOW! While I've seen some bigger and louder crowds, it sure was amazing to see how full the stadium was for the opening pre-season game. Definitely more butts in the seats last night than nearly every regular season game last year. Even when the rain started falling, folks stayed and cheered. I hope the team took notice. I saw a few stadium shots on TV earlier in the day from Atlanta (just had to see how Tony was adjusting) and there were acres of open seats everywhere.
- The new video boards: The new ribbon board is nice, but in all honesty, it didn't add much to the experience. The other new screens are a major improvement. I did miss seeing the Ring of Honor, but periodically throughout the night, the ribbon board would display all their names along with their pictures, positions and years with the team. Maybe not the same as before, but the organization is making an effort at soothing any ruffled feathers. One other comment that applies to very few folks...the ribbon board extends above the top of the front-row handrail of the club seating section. Definitely blocks the sight line for many of the folks on the lower club section rows (I know...waaah...but any body thinking about coughing up some loot for 1st or 2nd row club seats might want to know)
- The new sound system: Lets just say my ears are still ringing. Perhaps they could turn the volume down a bit when they play the songs.
- The food, bathrooms, concourses, etc.: Major upgrades in all areas are clear and mostly matched expectations. It still feels like Arrowhead...but with cleaner bathrooms and shorter lines!