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Arrowhead might be freezing, but not the field

Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans fan Alix and Nicholas Sears from Missouri Valley, Iowa, bask in the dun brfore Sunday's football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans fan Alix and Nicholas Sears from Missouri Valley, Iowa, bask in the dun brfore Sunday's football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The warmest place at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday for kickoff? The field.

It was about 60 degrees thanks the pipes of heated water that run below the sand under the stadium turf.

Nothing else about the day was warm, especially the mood of the Chiefs after a 19-17 loss to the Titans on a final-play 53-yard field goal by Ryan Succop.

The temperature at kickoff was a bone-chilling 1 degree. That’s the coldest for a Chiefs game since they started keeping records of such things in 1994. The wind chill of minus-9 was the second lowest, topped only by a minus-12 wind chill for a game against the Dolphins on Dec. 21, 2008.

According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the temperature at kickoff for a Chiefs-Broncos game at Arrowhead on Dec. 18, 1983, was zero with a minus-19 wind chill.

Kansas City Chiefs fans showed up at Arrowhead on Sunday to tailgate despite temperatures around zero degrees before the game against the Tennessee Titans.

But Sunday, there was no frozen surface.

The pipes begin in the boiler room about halfway up the tunnel in the stadium’s southeast corner. They emerge from the room and the last thing they pass before disappearing underground to begin their journey to the field is Warpaint’s makeshift stable in the tunnel.

Warpaint wasn’t there on Sunday morning. Too cold. Games like Sunday’s and the previous contest against the Raiders, is why the Chiefs installed the $2.2 million heating system that’s operating for the first time this year.

Temperature at kickoff for the Raiders game on Dec. 8 was 21 degrees.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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