Kansas City Chiefs fans will soon be able to purchase seats removed from Arrowhead Stadium.
Last week we learned that Jackson County was considering a proposal from two companies — Schneider Industries Inc. of St. Louis and S&S Seating Inc. of Indiana — to salvage, restore and sell 30,000-plus seats that were removed during the recent renovation of Arrowhead’s upper-deck seating.
The proposal received final approval from the county on Monday.
“I’m very excited the taxpayers of Jackson County will have an opportunity to own a piece of Chiefs history from the loudest stadium in the NFL,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. “For many fans, these items hold sentimental value.”
The county had fast-tracked the normal approval process so that the seats could be made available to the public as soon as possible — perhaps as early as the beginning of the regular season.
Schneider and S&S have previously salvaged and sold seats from Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Tigers Stadium in Detroit and the former Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Seats with Arrowhead logos on their end caps will be sold for $399 a pair. Double seats without logos will be offered for $299 and single seats will be available for $199. For an additional $20, fans will be able to request specific seat numbers.
The seats will be sold online through a site managed by S&S. The proposal also included a stipulation that the companies will provide a location where the seats could be purchased (and picked up) locally.
Jackson County residents will have an opportunity to buy them before other members of the general public. The specific date the seats will go on sale will be announced later.
Jackson County will receive $75,000 up front and then evenly divide the profits from any seats sold. The county could stand to make over $266,000 if just 10% of the seats are ultimately sold. The county says it intends to use the money to make county park playgrounds fully accessible — including for children with disabilities.
More details will be forthcoming. We will keep you updated.