Be glad we're not dealing with stadium issues here in Kansas City. I cover the rest of the league at SBNation.com/NFL and one of the worst things to talk about are the various stadium issues around the league with the threat of a Los Angeles relocation waiting in the wings.
Albert Breer of NFL.com wrote a story on new stadiums around the league and included some interesting nuggets:
- From 1995-99, there were eight new stadiums built.
- From 2000-03, there were nine new stadiums built.
- From 2004-2013, four new stadiums will go up.
That means in 18 years, nearly two-thirds of the NFL will have new stadiums.
But don't include Arrowhead on that list.
Breer posted a chart of the opening dates of all the stadiums in the league and Arrowhead is the fifth oldest stadium, opening in 1972. The only older stadiums: Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers - 1967), O.co Coliseum (Oakland Raiders - 1966), Candlestick Park (San Francisco 49ers - 1960) and Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers - 1957).
I like our old stadium. It received a facelift a few years ago but if there's ever talk of building a new stadium around here, I'm going to be against it. There's something about the history and tradition of Arrowhead that's part of its allure.