The idea for Arrowhead Stadium was formulated after the Chiefs had played in the first Super Bowl during the time when the leagues were negotiating a merger. The local professional baseball team was having attendance difficulties in area at that time, so former Kansas City Athletics owner Charlie Finley moved the team to Oakland shortly after the football merger. Kansas City immediately began lobbying for a new baseball franchise and a new stadium. The result was Truman Sports Complex, named after former U.S President Harry Truman of Independence, Missouri. The complex was a state of the art facility when finally completed and has since been renovated to become one of professional sport's main attractions in terms of playing facilities.
Arrowhead Stadium has a seating capacity of over 76,000 and includes 80 executive suites. While it was built during the days of AstroTurf, today the playing surface is real grass with a high-tech drainage system that allows for great field conditions during inclement Missouri weather. The name of the stadium actually comes from the shape of the structure, which is open on one end. The Arrowhead name is used as a traditional tribute to the team's native American namesake. Although it is only the 28th largest events facility in the United States, it is the fifth largest in terms of seating capacity among current NFL stadiums.
Fun facts about Arrowhead Stadium include being one of the loudest football venues in the nation, having held the Guinness Book of World Records title for decibel level until the Seattle Seahawks broke it in their specially-designed stadium. It is also home to the annual Border Bowl college football game between rivals Missouri and Kansas. In addition, Arrowhead Stadium has hosted five Big 12 Championship football games.