The dirt still sticks to WR Chris Burford’s cleats. They were worn at the now non-existent Home of the Broncos, Bears Stadium, in his final NFL season. Sitting nearby is one of Burford’s preseason game checks, un-cashed, totaling a whopping $48.50.
There’s Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson’s Super Bowl IV Helmet.
Jack Rudney’s helmet, still split straight down the middle from an in-game collision is on display as well.
Then there are the seats from Municipal Stadium, the original AFL jersey collection and Hall of Famer Bobby Bell’s red hi-tops.
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of items found in the brand new Chiefs Hall of Honor. Best of all, it’s open year-round and available to every single fan on gameday. The finished product over-exceeds expectations; it’s downright breathtaking.
“It’s mind-boggling, I’ll tell you that,” Dawson said. “Somebody did a great job putting together the right ideas and the right things to show the history of professional football, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Texans and the American Football League.
“This is a history lesson for all the young people to come in here, because not only can they watch, but they can punch up whatever they want to see and hear. I’m sure it’s going to be a fan-favorite and used a great deal,” Dawson continued.
The Chiefs Hall of Honor Presented by Time Warner Cable officially opened just one hour before it was made available to the general public for the first time. Those Chiefs fans that arrived early to the Chiefs open practice on Wednesday night were lucky enough to find former players like Priest Holmes, Willie Lanier, Gary Spani and Art Still wondering through the Hall’s exhibits.
“It was a very emotional day on a number of fronts,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said. “It designates a day that we have completed another part of the stadium and dedicated it, and it’s also a very special area to our family because it’s dedicated to the history of the Chiefs, our fans, the American Football League and my father.”
The Hall of Honor was built with the fans in mind, just the way Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt would have wanted it. Located in the middle of a lower-level stadium concourse, the interactive museum is also served by elevators and easy for fans to find on gameday regardless of seat location.
“As we went through the design process, at one point we thought we’d have a museum area that is a separate area in the stadium,” Hunt explained. “The more we thought about it, we wanted it to be an area that was accessible to all fans on gameday and, frankly, part of the gameday experience.
“Lamar spent so much time thinking about the gameday experience,” Hunt continued. “I know that he would be thrilled to have this on the open concourse for anyone to enjoy.”
The new Hall of Honor isn’t just a visual experience; it’s an interactive part of Chiefs gamedays. Come early, or stay late; just make sure you find time to see this piece of Chiefs history on your next stop to Arrowhead.