KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Arrowhead Stadium, with the family of the late Lamar Hunt kicking in an extra $50 million, is going to get a $375 million renovation.
"Arrowhead as a facility has been the blueprint for NFL stadiums since it opened," Dennis Wellner, a founding senior principal at HOK Sports said Wednesday at a news conference.
"Goals for the project are to increase provisions for fans at all levels of the building and match what's been provided in the newest stadiums in the NFL at a cost of half what a new facility would cost."
Construction will take about three years and include a new training facility with a 100-yard indoor field and a separate building to house coaches and front office executives.
"We just decided it was in the best long-range interest of the Chiefs and the Jackson County taxpayers to make the commitment," said Hunt, 42. "We felt that to get it right, it was important to go beyond what was required to insure that Arrowhead remains one of the greatest stadiums for decades to come."
Seating 79,541 and perpetually sold out, Arrowhead is the third-largest stadium in the NFL and in the fifth-smallest market.
During construction, the stadium will also reverse a trend at other stadiums by creating a "horizon level" in which fans in luxury suites will be sitting outside.
Carl Peterson, Chiefs president and general manager, said great care will be taken not to change the stadium's bowl and to retain the game-day atmosphere.
"We are going to be gutting and redoing 81 suites," Peterson said. "Our suite holders have indicated they don't want to sit inside. They still want their seats outside, and that's what we're doing."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press