Fans who attended the Chiefs’ preseason game Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks saw new padding on the walls that surround the field at Arrowhead Stadium.
The padding is a dark red, accented by a bright yellow. It marks the first time since 2010 the walls have been replaced, according to the team. The change was made over the offseason.
The Chiefs, like every other NFL team, also painted the 50-yard markers gold instead of white. The league is celebrating its 50th Super Bowl this season, and the gold markers will remain intact all season.
Other stadium additions include:
*The Chiefs hung photos of four Hall of Famers — Bobby Bell, Len Dawson, Derrick Thomas and Will Shields — at each of the spiral gates.
*There were new player/team pyrotechnics — called an ISOPAR cannon — shoots an 80-foot flame in the air.
*There was a pregame parade, one hour before kickoff, that traveled around the entire stadium.
*The Chiefs also put a new “Walter Payton Man of Year” wall in the facility this year, which honors all five of the team’s Walter Payton award winners.