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Inside the Stacks: Exploring important documents in Chiefs and NFL history

Looking back at the Chiefs’ first home: Municipal Stadium

Throughout the coming year, we will examine never-before-seen documents and correspondence from Lamar Hunt located in the team's archives including many from the founding and early days of the American Football League and the merger with the National Football League.

Hunt's Plan for Municipal Stadium – The Sideline

"Municipal Stadium - Stadium Improvements," Cabinet 16, Drawer C, Lamar Hunt to Jack Steadman, August 13, 1963; Lamar Hunt to George Toma, May 5, 1966

Of all the features that made Municipal Stadium different, it was the sideline and the way that both teams were stationed there side-by-side instead of opposite one another across the field.

Interestingly, Lamar Hunt had spoken to Edwin Anderson, General Manager of the Detroit Lions, and he had verified that his club had located both benches on the same side "for years without any incidents of any kind."

Jim Marsalis (40) tackles #25 of the Los Angeles Raiders during a 1970 game at Municipal Stadium.

Like the Chiefs, the Lions played their games at a baseball stadium, the one-time named Briggs Stadium later to be known as Tiger Stadium. A similar sideline configuration was utilized by the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

That was enough for Hunt.

His plan called for the benches to begin at each respective 40-yard line, with the coaching tables located between the 40 and 45-yard lines.

The bench areas were to be marked to keep people out of the areas and so that box seat holders were given maximum viewing of the field of play.