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Chiefs introduce “Drum Deck” for pregame ritual

It looks like the deck will knock out portions of sections 335 and 336.

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Arrowhead Stadium is getting a very noticeable upgrade, according to the Kansas City Chiefs’ official Twitter account.

In addition to brand new seating and a fresh scoreboard coming to the upper deck this fall, Arrowhead Stadium will add something the team is calling a “Drum Deck,” which will enhance the pregame drum ritual that formerly took place on the field.

From the imaging of the video, the “Drum Deck” looks like it will be built between sections 335 and 336. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes retweeted the official announcement.

The Chiefs invite special guests (such as ex-players like Will Shields, celebrities like Rob Riggle and even owner Clark Hunt prior to the AFC championship) to pound the drum and jumpstart the Chop before each home game.

The “Drum Deck” will offer a new stadium centerpiece of sorts, allowing the stadium production team to enhance recognitions during the game and at halftime.

It reminds me a lot of the tradition the Chicago Cubs have when they invite special guests to lead the fans in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field, or the Seattle Seahawks and their Toyota Fan Deck at CenturyLink Field.

With Mahomes, the Chiefs should consistently be in contention for four to six national games per year for the foreseeable future—the “Drum Deck” will only help to boost the visuals of Arrowhead Stadium.


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