From the FanPosts. Great story about a first visit to Arrowhead. Do you remember your first visit? -Joel
Well this post certainly took me a bit longer to write than I anticipated. I know that I'm not very wide known on this site, but I frequent here more than any other website. Ever. I'm pretty sure AP has taken over my facebook page, my email, etc.
Anyways, judging by my name you guys can probably guess that I'm not from Kansas City. I was born in England, but raised in Southern California. My family aren't football fans. I grew up around baseball. When I was younger my best friend was into football, and one day I caught a game playing. I can't remember who it was against or who won the game or anything like that, I just remember seeing #58 playing. Since then, I've been an outsider looking in, the lone Chiefs fan.
Fast forward years later. I'm twenty years old now. Travelling around the world, exploring, working a whole lot, all that fun stuff twenty year olds are supposed to do. I've been to every Chiefs/Charger game in the past few years, losing all of them. I get up and go to the local bar and usually sit alone, just to watch the Chiefs play. When my cousin, who I've actually been able to convert into a Chiefs fan, called and asked if I would do a roadtrip from Nebraska back home to Cali with her, I was ecstatic. Not to see the Midwest, but to finally get to see Kansas City.
She surprised me and bought me tickets for the Arrowhead tour. I had my duffle bag (Chiefs of course) packed with my EB29 jersey, my beanie, dog tag, shoes (KC shoes), everything ready to go. I hit a few people up on AP in the fanshots about the best BBQ, and was pretty determined to hit them with the 20 hours I had in the city.
First thing first, we hit our hotel room. I was paying for it, and I wanted my only two hundred bucks to last for as much BBQ and Chiefs gear I could buy, so I got us a lil crappy place. After changing, we hit the town. First BBQ place we hit was Gates. I wasn't really prepared about how their restaurant worked, and after about 10 minutes of hearing "Hi, may I help you?" I finally figured it out. Sorry to the people waiting behind me if you're reading. The food was good, really good. Already better than any BBQ I've ever had in SoCal. I ordered some ribs and my cousin had the chicken. Service there was really friendly.
After that we decided to hit the Power and Light District. We're both only twenty, so neither one of us could go around to the bars, but we still had a fun time. I haven't ever seen such a district with so much potential. If I can get some of my buddies out there for a game I know we're going to have an amazing time. Can you imagine a pub crawl there?!
From there I went to the local Wal-Mart and picked up a few Chiefs hoodies (only 10 bucks!) and another duffel bag. Pretty awesome considering they probably would've gone for 45 bucks or more back home.
The next morning we woke up bright and early and headed out to Arrowhead. I was driving and I thought I was going to pass out when I first pulled up on the side of the stadium.
We parked right in front of the Hunt statue. Honest to God, I don't think I've ever had a better feeling in my life.
We walked into the fan store and I was in heaven. All of that Chiefs gear in one place? Too good to be true. Of course not many things fit into my budget, so I'll have to make another trip out to Arrowhead to collect the rest of my belongings =D
I'm not going to lie. When everyone else stepped onto the field, I stayed back, closed my eyes, and ran out of that tunnel. Remember earlier in this post when I said it was the best feeling ever? I lied. This was. By far. I felt like a little kid.
The players all touch this as they exit their locker room. Notice the chipped white paint? That's what happens when you get players that smack it a lil too hard :P
And here was my favorite part. The Chiefs locker room. Notice in the far right corner there's a jersey hanging up? Right next to it, in the empty chair, is where our quarterback #7 Matt Cassel sits. Our tour guides told us that nobody is permitted to step on the Arrowhead in the middle of the room, and we needed to step around it, just like the players do on game day.
Tour guide made me do this, but boy was I happy. Probably my favorite picture ever.
Chiefs Hall of Honor. Absolutely amazing. We didn't get much time here, but I spent most of my time staring at the Nigerian Nightmare's bust, Derrick Thomas' bust and Joe Delaney's tribute. Absolutely amazing.
My last picture at Arrowhead, for now. A truly amazing and life changing experience for me.
And last but not least, Oklahoma Joes. OH MY GOD. No lie, hands down the best food I've ever had in my life. I spent almost 40 bucks here on my own. The Z-Man, Jesus, I would trade In N Out for it anyday. You guys, you don't know how lucky you are to have the best BBQ in the world, and the best football team in the world only miles away from each other. I would do anything to be back there.
Honestly, even though it was my first visit to Kansas City, I've never felt more at home. The people, the community, the football, the food, everything, made me feel welcome. I know that this fanpost isn't very informational or anything, but I wanted to just share my thoughts on everything here. I hope you guys enjoyed.
For what it's worth,you can check out my full Kansas City album on Facebook:
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