Record or Not...Chiefs fans are the Best.
Record or Not… Chiefs fans are the best
Am I biased? Absolutely! Does me having season tickets jade my perception, probably. Does it make it any less of a fact, NOPE. Chiefs fans are the absolute best fans in the world. Kansas City fans for that matter are the best fans in the world. No other fan base (props to Seattle for being 2nd in my opinion) supports all their teams as well as Kansas City.
Now, we don’t have any kind of consecutive sell out record, or a season ticket waiting list like the Packers, or a ridiculous country wide (albeit fake sometimes) following like the Cowboys, but what we have and are is 100% legit. We’re true, we’re real, and we are always here for our team(s). It’s amazing how many fans come out of the woodwork when one of those “nation” teams becomes successful again. The Cowboys, Steelers, and Packers all have fans all over the place. Why? They have good success right now.
We see a resurgence of 49ers fans right now cause they are winning. Now don’t think I’m bashing true fans of these or any teams in the league, those are there for every city and are great fans in their own right. What I’m saying is Chiefs fans aren’t bandwagon fans. We’re there great, good, bad, and ugly.
When we went through our horrible last few years, you didn’t see fans dropping off cause they gave up. You saw fans gathering together with slogans and movements like, “SaveOurChiefs” and “Terrorhead Returns” more recently. We don’t give up, we demand a better product, a better organization, a better team. In fact, the difference is we don’t need a 13-3 team to have us out there like they are world beaters. We just want an organization, team, and coaching staff that we believe in. We have that now.
This Sunday against the evil Raiders, Arrowhead will be hosting the Guinness World Record group to try to break the decibel record for stadium noise. We used to hold this record until it was stolen this year from us by the Seahawks. We will get it back. Against the Giants the noise peaked at 124.5 decibels. We’ll need to get to 137 to pass the Seahawks. I don’t see this as a problem. But even if we don’t get there, we’re still the loudest. Seattle’s stadium was built to reflect noise back onto the field. The roof, the seating bowl, all of it was designed with noise as apart of the design. Arrowhead is just loud.
I believe Kansas City is unique in this. We don’t want to do anything but support our KC sports teams. Sporting Park and Sporting KC are both now viewed as one of the best venues/fan bases in the country (again, props Seattle, we got a lot in common). The Royals down the stretch were 4th or 5th in the wildcard race and we were almost selling out every game on the weekends and getting 20-25K on weeknights. We were on the outside looking in. I sent a tweet out for the weekend of Sept 20-22 saying the Royals are getting 30K+ this weekend while the Tampa (currently in 1st for wildcard) game I’m watching in extra innings has what looks like 6,000. Those fans don’t deserve that team to be good. KC does.
Naturally, I got quite a bit of pushback from Tampa fans. One guy literally responded defending his fan base with, “People go home. There are more things to do in TB on a Friday than baseball, KC, not so much. Sorry our city is vibrant and young.” Really? That’s your defense. Maybe its true, maybe all we have here is our teams, our passion for them, our love for them, and nothing to do in the city. Whatever ‘others’ think the factors are, we represent.
The Chiefs v Eagles game on NFL Network was the #1 rated Thursday night game on NFL Network since it began showing games in 2006. This past week saw what people are saying was one of the best football games of the year, Broncos over Cowboys. In virtually every game that takes place, the market share is pretty simple to figure out. The two teams playing are the two highest cities with viewers watching the game. Well, Chiefs fans bucked another trend. Denver was one, Dallas was three, and Kansas City was actually 2nd! Why, cause we were studying the Broncos, we were almost as passionate about them losing as we were the Chiefs winning earlier in the day. We knew if the Cowboys could sneak one in, we’d be a game up. First Place. For those who don’t look at tv ratings much, that is a very odd fact to see.
Come Sunday, the Raiders won’t know what hit them. They won’t be prepared for what is going to go down. This city has highs and lows that go right with the Chiefs success. We are on cloud nine right now. The Raiders are going down. The sound record is going down. There will be a flyover that breaks another Guinness World Record when 45 planes fly over during pregame. It’s just going to be another amazing Sunday in Kansas City… which means another 6 days of everyone being a little nicer to each other.
And the home… of the…. CHHHIIIIIEEEEFFFFSSSSS!!!!
Ryan Sesler is a Chiefs Team Journalist for PFS. Follow him @RyanSesler
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