The KC Cauldron stunned supporters who filled Children's Mercy Park Sunday night with an intricate Game of Thrones-inspired tifo. As the evening's beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner came to a close, the Cauldron ignited with the sound of drums and cheers. As the smoke from the pre-game fireworks cleared, a tifo depicting the Game of Thrones character Night's King could be seen rising hauntingly against the backdrop of a feverish, pulsating Members Stand. Even the typography of the standard "Welcome to the Blue Hell" banner above the section had been revamped to reflect the theme.
Cauldron member Adam Yarnevich came up with the original idea and design a few months ago. Several members of the Cauldron, comprising what is known as "Teefer Team 6," then worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the match to make the larger-than-life tifo a reality. From gridding to painting to rigging up the final product, the team members spent an estimated 325 hours of labor on the creation of Sunday night's tifo. The design even connected to the roof of the stadium.
"When this was getting ready to go up, I was a nervous wreck," organizer Dan Temple said. "There were so many moving parts. It took all of us to make it happen. There were several people pulling ropes. So I was really nervous, and when it worked I was actually jumping up and down because I was so excited. It was a massive group effort with many moving parts and lots of volunteers."
Here's what everyone had to say about the impressive display:
The Cauldron unveils Game of Thrones-inspired tifo at Sporting KC match: https://t.co/m0OyBrxbcM— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) May 2, 2016
The tifo went EXACTLY how I mocked it up a few months back (below). TEFFER TEAM 6 is a helluva a tifo team. pic.twitter.com/3DUxQqOOXU— BriskyW/DaGoodHair (@Brisket_Bob) May 2, 2016
Not to be outdone, the South Stand SC brought the BBQ to Hollywood with their own tifo last night. Check out the video of their tifo display.