What in the world could those 3 things have in common?? Well, I got to enjoy them all this week - but most surprising was that the art was actually at Arrowhead! I had no idea that Arrowhead - home of the Kansas CIty Chiefs actually has quite an impressive art collection. I was invited on a tour which also included a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium, and it was too tempting to pass up.
Arrowhead is the second NFL stadium to showcase world-class art, the first was the Dallas Cowboys. Founded in 2012, the Arrowhead Art Collection includes 33 pieces of contemporary art all created by regional artists with themes focusing on the Midwest and/or football. It is located on the Club Level and in the excitement of being there for a game might easily be overlooked.
Here are a few of my favorites!
The rest of the collection was impressive as well. Next we headed to see the behind-the-scenes part of the tour. We headed down to the locker room and the field. By the time we got out on the 50 yard line it was already dark so pictures would not have turned out, but it was still fun to be out there. The guide told us some interesting facts about the configuration of the stadium. It is known as the LOUDEST stadium in the country, and one of the reasons is that the field is actually about 3 stories below ground level so the noise really reverberates. Before it was acceptable to be loud the referees used to threaten to penalize the Chiefs if the crowd didn't quiet down - but now it is acceptable and other stadiums try to beat the decibels recorded there - with no luck! Also the fans are much closer to the field then is actually now legal in the NFL, and even when the stadium was renovated in 2010 the NFL allowed the Chiefs to keep it that way due to the respect they have for Lamar Hunt and all he did for professional football. When my brother and his family were here for the Chiefs/Tampa Bay game back in November my brother actually commented on how close we were to the field. My nephew plays for Tampa Bay so they have been to many of the stadiums around the country and it really was noticeable to them.
From now on when I think of Arrowhead I will not just think football but art as well!
The Antlers were not a part of Arrowhead, but I met my friend Julie at the new Antler Room for drinks and a light dinner Friday night. I have read quite a few reviews and both she and I have been wanting to try it out. It was a spectacularly warm and beautiful night especially for February and they have a huge door that can be opened on a nice night so it's almost like sitting outside. It's located at 25th and Holmes which is just south of Children's Mercy and Truman Medical Center. The neighborhood is called Longfellow and like many neighborhoods in the downtown area going through a revitalization with people moving back to the city and sprucing things up. There are a couple of other locations that looked great as well. I plan to check them out!
The food was really interesting and they had a nice wine and beer selection along with a large cocktail list. The food is all small plates so meant for ordering multiple choices and sharing. The waitress suggested we order 6 plates if we wanted it to be a meal, but since neither of us was that hungry we started with 3 which turned out to be just perfect.
If you like to try new places and see interesting areas of the city I would highly recommend planning a visit. They are only open for dinner/happy hour. I believe they have plans to open for brunch on the weekend sometime soon.
I also ate at Plate in Brookside last night. It is my second time there and I wrote about it after the first time but it is such a great place I wanted to feature it again. I highly recommend it but reservations especially on the weekend is a must. It's just north of 63rd St on Oak in a beautiful Spanish JC Nichols building.
The food is fantastic - I would describe it as modern Italian. They have a very nice reasonable wine list and a really interesting farm to table menu.
Well that's what I've been up to! Hope you're making your days great as well!