The Kansas City Chiefs are accepting Red Coater applications for the 2017 season. The Red Coaters are a unique group of Chiefs fans dedicated to celebrating and serving the organization and the community.
The history of the Red Coaters dates back to 1963 when Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt relocated the team to Kansas City. In an effort to fill seats in Municipal Stadium, Hunt partnered with Mayor H. Roe Bartle to rally the business community to help sell tickets. Through those efforts, a unique and lasting program was born. The Chiefs are the only NFL franchise with a group of this kind.
In 2010, the Red Coaters refocused their efforts from season ticket sales and service to representing the team at civic and charitable programs throughout the community. The group is tasked with volunteering in the community and remains an important piece of the Chiefs Community Caring Team. On gameday the group has the exclusive experience of being on-field in the tunnel for the pregame player introductions.
Some of the events the group is involved with include: serving lunches at Ronald McDonald House Charities with Kansas City Ambassadors, Thanksgiving food drives with Chiefs players and the Trick-or-Treat Bash with Chiefs staff. Last year alone, the group was responsible for more than 4,700 volunteer hours.
"We continue to steward the lasting legacy and tradition started by Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt," Senior Vice President of Business Operations Bill Chapin said. "The Red Coaters are an invaluable part of the organization that bring loyalty, excitement and service to Chiefs Kingdom both on gamedays and in the community throughout the year."
Applicants are required to be an avid Chiefs fan, at least 18 years of age and a Season Ticket Member. Applications for consideration to be a Red Coater are due by Friday, March 17, 2017. For applications and more information, visit chiefs.com/community/programs/red-coaters.
Today, members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including Red Coaters, will be serving meals at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Please see below for media availability.
Friday, March 3
WHAT:Members of the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including Red Coaters and KC Wolf will visit Ronald McDonald House Charities to serve dinner.
WHEN:Friday, March 3, 5 p.m.
WHO:Member of the Chiefs Community Caring team including Chiefs Red Coater Head Captain Sandy Bentch, KC Wolf and over 10 Red Coaters.
WHERE:2501 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64108