The Kansas City Chiefs are announcing the details for the 27th edition of Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 7. Red Friday will include Chiefs Kingdom flag sales, a red smoke flyover, light and fountain displays of Chiefs pride, player appearances at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and appearances by KC Wolf, plus more.
For the second year in a row, fans will have the opportunity to find a golden flag when purchasing a Chiefs Kingdom flag at McDonald's. Ten golden flags will be randomly spread across the city at different McDonald's locations. Lucky fans who find one of the 10 specially designed and autographed Chiefs Kingdom golden flags will win an exclusive prize pack that includes two tickets and a Chiefs VIP experience to the home opener on Sunday, Sept. 23 against the San Francisco 49ers and Big Macs for a year.
In total, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be sold at more than 135 Kansas City and St. Joseph area McDonald's restaurants, with the net proceeds from flag sales benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. In addition to McDonald's, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available at Kansas City area Hy-Vee and CommunityAmerica Credit Union locations. The flag design for this year's collector's edition flag features a new "Kingdom" mark, with several iconic images representing Kansas City and the Chiefs woven into the repeating background design. Last year, $338,000 was raised from flag sales alone, while over the past four years, flag sales have raised more than $920,000 for RMHC-KC. If you don't live in the area, you can purchase a flag on Sept. 7 on http://shop.chiefs.com with all net proceeds benefiting RMHC-KC.
The organization has also announced that for the second year in a row, Red Friday will head south for a stop in Springfield, Missouri. In alignment with the Red Friday celebration in Kansas City, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available at 54 McDonald's in Springfield and surrounding areas for a suggested minimum donation of $5 on Friday, Sept. 7 with all net proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. Last year, donations made at those locations totaled $27,000 for RMHC of the Ozarks.
"For 27 years Red Friday has been a Chiefs Kingdom tradition," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "As we have developed Red Friday into what it is today, we've been able to do a lot of good for a lot of people, and that extends beyond Kansas City. We are looking forward to all the festivities of Red Friday and are appreciative that Chiefs Kingdom has continued to embrace all that it does for our community."
Events will take place over the course of the week, culminating in Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 7. The week kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 4 with a visit to Ronald McDonald House Charities from Chiefs players and Chiefs-themed banners and artwork appearing across Kansas City. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, KC Wolf will be out putting Chiefs jerseys on statues around the Plaza. On Thursday, Sept. 6, statues in Westport will adorn Chiefs jerseys and buildings including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Marriott Downtown and Union Station will light up in Chiefs red.
The week will culminate in Red Friday, when fountains across the city will be dyed red and seven airplanes from the KC Flight Formation Team will light the sky with red smoke over the Kansas City skyline.
Additional Red Friday information, including details on the golden flags and a map of sale locations in Kansas City and Springfield, is available at www.chiefs.com/redfriday.