Home field advantage is real in the NFL, as it is in many other sports. A team can get used to certain oddities or condition of their home field that their opponents either won’t know about or won’t be as ready for. A team’s home field is also just a lot more comfortable to play in usually, thanks to the familiarity of it.
The Kansas City Chiefs began in the AFL as the Dallas Texans, moving to Kansas City just a few years after their inaugural season. Since their first year in football in 1960, the team has only called three different stadiums home.
Cotton Bowl – 1960-62
The Cotton Bowl is one of the magical stadiums from football’s past. The Chiefs played in it during their first three seasons in pro football, at a time when they were known as the Dallas Texans. It has also hosted numerous other teams and events since then, including the famous Red River Rivalry that pits the University of Texas against the University of Oklahoma every year.
Municipal Stadium – 1963-71
When the Texans relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs, they played their games in Municipal Stadium. This was a baseball stadium that would be converted for football use by bring in extra stands. Because of the configuration, both teams would be on the same sideline during play, with each team being assigned to one side of the 50 yard line. This was the common setup for most football teams who played their home games in baseball stadiums. The last pro football game played at Municpal Stadium is still remembered today because it was the longest game in NFL history. The game was played on December 25th, 1971 and saw the Miami Dolphins defeat Kansas City 27-24 in double overtime. The stadium was demolished in 1976 after Royals Stadium was built for baseball’s Kansas City Royals and Arrowhead Stadium was built for the Chiefs.
Arrowhead Stadium – 1972-Current
Arrowhead Stadium opened in 1972 with the Chiefs as the main intended tenant. All these years later, the stadium is still the third largest in the entire National Football League. It has been renovated in recent years and remains in fine condition. The stadium is known for being very unfriendly to visiting teams, thanks in large part to the massive noise created by the large home crowds that show up there. The parking lot that surrounds it is known for having one of the best tailgating atmospheres in professional football.