Episode Two: Arrowhead Stadium
At the intersection of I-70 and I-435 southeast of downtown Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium rises out of the American heartland. At 38 years of age, it's certainly not the newest venue in the National Football League, though a $375 million renovation last year did give it more than a fresh coat of paint. But the charm of Arrowhead has never been about how old it is – it's been about how loud it is. And on Sundays in the fall, Arrowhead Stadium gets loud. Really loud.
This year, in their new renovated stadium, the football season started a little differently for the Kansas Chiefs at Arrowhead: They won a big game, on Monday Night Football, against division rival San Diego. The next week on the road in Cleveland, the Chiefs won again, getting off to their first 2-0 start in five years.
Why were the Chiefs suddenly running better as a football team? Was their new attack under second-year coach Todd Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel finally starting to make a significant impact? Was it the new addition of a corps of other significant players?
Or maybe something else was making the difference. Maybe, just maybe, the 80,000 strong who had packed Arrowhead that first Monday night held the key.
Week 3, the Chiefs hosted the 49ers. They were looking for their third straight win to open the season. And the cameras of "The Season: Presented by SAP" were there to capture the energy and excitement of "the sea of red" at "the home of the Chiefs."