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Address 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64127
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  The Facility  
Date Opened July 3, 1923
Date Demolished 1976
Ownership
(Management)
City of Kansas City
(City of Kansas City)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $400,000
Former Names Muehlebach Field
(1923-1937)
Ruppert Stadium
(1937-1943)
Blues Stadium
(1943-1954)
Stadium Architect Osborn Engineering
Capacity 35,561
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Kansas City Chiefs
(NFL) (1063-1972)
Kansas City Blues
(A.A.) (1923-1954)
Kansas City Monarchs
(NNL and NAL) (1923-1931)
(1937-1954)
Kansas City Blues / Cowboys
(NFL) (1924-1926)
Kansas City Athletics
(MLB) (1955-1967)
Kansas City Spurs
(NASL) (1968-1970)
Kansas City Royals
(MLB) (1969-1972)
Population Base 2,500,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Retired Numbers #3 Jan Stenerud
#16 Len Dawson
#28 Abner Haynes
#33 Stone Johnson
#36 Mack Lee
#37 Joe Delaney
(Unofficial)
#63 Willie Lanier
#78 Bobby Bell
#86 Buck Buchanan

Championships 1st

IV
1970

Sources: Mediaventures

When the Dallas Texans of the AFL moved to Kansas City in 1962, becoming the Kansas City Chiefs, Municipal Stadium was readied for football. Temporary stands were erected in left field to expand the stadium's capacity each fall, but had to be removed during the baseball season. The double-decked grandstand extended all the way across the south sideline (first base line of the baseball field), but ended halfway around the west end zone (third base on the baseball diamond). Both teams' benches were on the north sideline in front of the temporary bleachers, as was the case at other baseball stadiums converted to football use such as Milwaukee County Stadium, Metropolitan Stadium, Tiger Stadium and Wrigley Field. The east end zone ended at the right field fence, and the large scoreboard was in this end of the stadium. Due to the fence, there was significantly less room between the end line and the fence of the east end zone than there was in the west end zone, where there was a significant amount of room between the end line and the grandstand.

On September 17, 1964, The Beatles played Municipal Stadium as part of their first U.S. tour. The date was originally supposed to be an off-day for the band, but they agreed to perform when Finley offered their manager, Brian Epstein, a then-record sum of $150,000. The group opened the show with their version of the song "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey" in this concert.

Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs

Cotton
Bowl

Cotton Bowl

1960-1962
Municipal
Stadium

Municipal Stadium

1963-1971
Arrowhead
Stadium

Arrowhead Stadium

1972-2009
New Arrowhead
Stadium

New Municipal Stadium

2010-Present

Kansas City Royals

Municipal Stadium
Municipal Stadium
1969-1972
Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
1973-Present


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