KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs are making another attempt at the loudest outdoor sports stadium record.
The team announced Wednesday a representative from the Guinness World Records, Philip Robertson, will be on hand when the Chiefs (1-2) host the New England Patriots (2-1) at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night.
The Chiefs previously set the record on Oct. 13, 2013 with a decibel reading of 137.5, only to lose the achievement seven weeks later to the Seattle Seahawks at 137.6.
“Our fans are what make Arrowhead special,” team president Mark Donovan said in a statement. “Monday Night Football offers them a unique opportunity to celebrate and come together on the national stage.”
The Chiefs also announced a military theme for the game.
The Army’s “Golden Knights” are scheduled to parachute into the stadium during pregame ceremonies to deliver the game ball. The Marine Corps band will lead the fans in attendance in the singing of the national anthem. Finally, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will conduct drills during halftime.
“From the entire stadium singing the National Anthem,” Donovan said, “to cheering for a Guinness World Record, to honoring our Armed Forces, we will unite to highlight what is great about our team, Kansas City and the entire Chiefs Kingdom.”
Fans requiring hearing protection Monday night can find more than 36,000 ear plugs available at the entry gates from stadium staff members, the Chiefs announced.
Monday’s night game marks the first Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium since Oct. 31, 2011 against the San Diego Chargers. The game will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. CST on ESPN.
The Arrowhead Stadium parking gates open at 3 p.m. CST on Monday.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s youngest brother, Glenn, is a 6-3, 234-pound sophomore fullback at Kansas State.
And the elder Gronkowski said during Wednesday afternoon’s media conference call that his brother has performed well for the Wildcats.
“He’s playing all over the field right now and whatever coaches have him doing he’s doing pretty well,” Gronkowski said. “I’ve seen him with some good blocks right now, a couple of play-action passes when he catches them up the middle, gains a lot of yards usually.”
As for his younger brother’s development in K-State coach Bill Snyder’s system, Gronkowski gave a seal of approval.
“He keeps progressing every single year,” Gronkowski said. “This year he looks very comfortable back there. He’s doing really well at blocking, knocking some dudes out.”
NOTES: The Chiefs were off Tuesday and Wednesday, but return to practice Thursday … The Patriots are undefeated against the Chiefs on Monday night … Week 4’s meeting marks the second time the Chiefs and Patriots will play at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night … The last matchup resulted in the Patriots defeating the Chiefs 27-19 in Week 11 of the 2004 season en route to a matchup against then-Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid in Super Bowl XXXIX … The Patriots defeated the Reid-led Eagles 24-21.