Change returns magic to Arrowhead Stadium

Chiefs fans in festive mood in Week 2
Chiefs fans in Week 2 festive mood

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As most know, I’m contributing a weekly feature this NFL season for all Kansas City Chiefs home games to SBNation’s

So with the first home game in the books, a story on fan reaction before Sunday’s game is now up.

Here’s a tease:

They arrived early on Sunday morning, some before the crack of dawn, with excitement and optimism.

Of course, fans have been through a home-opener ritual numerous times during an NFL season. However, this Sunday had a different atmosphere throughout pregame festivities.

As the cliché goes, “If you build it, they will come.”

The fans came to see the product of offseason changes in person. They came to Arrowhead Stadium to watch the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

David Goins, a 46-year-old resident of Claycomo, Mo., has tailgated in Lot J with a group of 15-20 people for the last 15 years. He said he arrived at his normal 6:30 a.m. game day time to get in line and came away pleasantly surprised to see 20 other cars compared to the eight regulars he normally sees at that time.

“In the last few years, we’ve had our downslope,” Goins said. “This year, today, was the first I’ve seen the excitement we’ve missed for years and it’s nice to have it back. This is what Arrowhead is known for.”

One of the things I appreciate most about being a journalist is the opportunity to talk to people and hear their story. Sunday proved no different, as the fans I spoke to throughout the pregame parking lot activities didn’t hesitate to express their excitement.

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