Wednesday night was about first-impressions; both for the fans and for the players. 22,142 Chiefs fans toured The New Arrowhead and took in the final open practice of 2010, while almost every player and coach on the Chiefs roster stepped foot inside their renovated home for the first time.
“I myself am pretty anxious to get up there and see some of it and here before too long,” head coach Todd Haley said prior to the night practice. “Once I find a little free time I want to get up there and take a good look around at everything because I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.”
Much like the coaching staff did with a simulated halftime prior to the preseason opener in Atlanta, the Chiefs treated their night practice as if it was a gameday situation. Lockers inside The New Arrowhead housed player jerseys, trainers taped players at the stadium rather than at the training facility, and the players even parked their cars in their reserved gameday spaces.
All of the pre-practice prep was meant to mirror what the team will go through in their preseason home opener on Friday night.
“We’re really, as a team, looking forward to this as an opportunity to go up and get a feel for our new stadium before we actually hit the field with the Eagles,” Haley explained. “We’ll go up there and get which is normally a Saturday walk-through tomorrow so we’ll get a couple opportunities to get a little comfortable with the surroundings, field, all those things.”
A 15-minute fireworks display capped off the evening’s events. Tours of The New Arrowhead will begin on September 9th. Visit www.goarrowhead.com for details.
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Leggett made his return to the team on Wednesday after suffering a very freighting head injury that resulted in him being carted off the field via stretcher last Saturday night in Tampa. He didn’t practice with his teammates, but rather watched from the sidelines. Regardless, it was great to see Maurice back with him teammates and there were plenty of well-wishing fans to welcome him back.
Harris remains sidelined with the leg injury that he suffered a week into training camp and O’Callaghan also didn’t participate after exiting practice early Tuesday morning with an unspecified leg injury.
Brandon Flowersturned in an acrobatic pass breakup, jumping to knock the football out of WR Dwayne Bowe’s hands on the sideline. It appeared that Bowe was going to come down with a very difficult catch before Flowers was able to get a paw on the football.
Dexter McClusterblew past CB Mike Richardsonon a fly route, hauling in a perfectly thrown QB Matt Casselpass for a score of over 60 yards. McCluster also brought the crowd to its feet later on in practice, turning up the sideline and into the open field following a mid-level out.
- Guess who else got deep? WR
Jeremy Hornewas able to connect on a big play from QB Bill Stullon a post route from 40-yards out. Horne and the fans reacted to the touchdown play, however, there would have been a likely collision with a closing safety in a real-game situation.
Ikechuku Ndukwecontinued to see time at tackle in addition to his reserve duties at guard.
Terrance Copperfound the end zone on a pass from QB Tyler Palko.
Derrick Johnsonwent stride-for-stride in man coverage on a Red Zone pass intended for RB Jamaal Charlesout of the backfield.
Kendrick Lewishad a few pass breakups throughout the night.
Javier Arenaspicked off Stull in one of the final plays to close out practice.
- The final score on the in-game press box feed read – Chiefs 24, Eagles 0 – hopefully that’s a sign of things to come on Friday night.