New Kansas City Chiefs Stadium

Capacity70 000
Country United States of America
CityKansas City
ClubsKansas City Chiefs
CategoryDesign awaiting implementation
Design Manica Architecture


New Kansas City Chiefs Stadium – design description

Who are the Kansas City Chiefs?

NFL team Kansas City Chiefs was founded in 1959 in Dallas (as Dallas Texans) and was one of the founding teams of the then AFL. In 1963, the team was relocated to Kansas City and adopted its current name. The team has triumphed in the Super Bowl four times, three of which were quite recently (in the 1969 as well as 2019, 2022 and 2023 seasons).

Where do the Kansas City Chiefs currently play?

The Kansas City Chiefs play their games at Arrowhead Stadium, which opened in 1972 and today ranks among the oldest in the NFL. The facility is located in the eastern suburbs of Kansas City and has a distinctive shape, with semi-circular cutouts in the stands located behind the endzones. The capacity of the stadium is more than 70,000 spectators.

What plans did the Kansas City Chiefs have for the stadium?

Arrowhead Stadium's lease expires in 2031, but the Chiefs had already started thinking about their future. The Chiefs are tied to their stadium and would like to stay there longer. On February 28, 2024, a design for the largest renovation in Arrowhead Stadium's history was presented. The renovation would not significantly change the form and character of the stadium, but would allow it to be used for decades to come.

The modernization work would begin in 2027 and be completed in 2030 or 2031. The assumed cost of the renovation was $800 million, quite a lot considering that the project did not involve any revolutionary interventions. The Chiefs were going to put up $300 million for the investment, the missing $500 million was to come from public funds.

On April 2, 2024, in a local referendum, voters opted against financing the investment with public money, which put the project under a big question mark. The same referendum also rejected funding to build a new stadium for the baseball team Kansas City Royals (MLB).

Will the Kansas City Chiefs move to a neighboring state?

At the end of April 2024, the Kansas legislature debated legal changes to support professional sports teams in the construction of major sports facilities.

The debate concerned Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) bonds designed to support large commercial, entertainment and tourism projects. These bonds can finance up to 50% of a project's value, and after the changes, large stadiums could be financed up to 100%.

The Chiefs and Royals stadiums are located in Jackson County, Missouri. Faced with the negative result of the April 2 referendum and the lack of funding from local authorities, an alternative for them may be to move to the state of Kansas (the Kansas City metropolitan area is located on the border of the two states, hence moving west to the other state does not necessarily mean leaving the agglomeration).

Unofficially, the proposed changes were prepared precisely for the Chiefs and Royals and were supposed to encourage them to move to the state of Kansas. The changes were ultimately not adopted, but the matter may still be discussed in the future.

When was the concept for a new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs presented?

During the debate in the Kansas legislature, on April 30, 2024, renderings of a completely new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs, prepared by the renowned design studio Manica Architecture in cooperation with developer Robb Heineman, emerged.

Where would the new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs be built?

The new stadium would stand in Wyandotte County, Kansas, next to the junction of the I-70 and I-435 freeways (across from the Kansas Speedway car racing track), in the western suburbs of Kansas City.

What does the concept of a new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs entail?

The stadium is to be fully covered, and its exterior facade will be shaped in a way that resembles the distinctive shape of the stands at Arrowhead Stadium. The roof and exterior walls are to be largely glazed, letting in a lot of light.

Inside there will be large video screens, and the stands will be divided into several levels. Aided by artificial lighting, the pitch's turf will be natural. The capacity of the arena has not been given, but presumably, as in the case of the Arrowhead Stadium modernization project, it should be no lower than 70,000 spectators.

The facility is to be built in a sparsely urbanized area, with plenty of open space, allowing for the creation of many parking spaces around the stadium. A mixed-use area, a complex of training facilities for the Chiefs, and an amphitheater are also to be built around the venue.

At what stage are preparations for the construction of a new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs?

The renderings were published even before consultations were held with key interested parties: the Chiefs and the owners of the land where the new stadium would be built. The concept is therefore in a very preliminary stage and should be considered only as a proposal. According to media speculation, construction of the stadium would cost in the range of $2-3 billion.