For the 25th consecutive year, the Chiefs and the Kansas City community are celebrating Red Friday, the official kickoff event for the start of the football season. Red Friday will take place on Friday, Sept. 9, two days before the Chiefs open the season against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Honoring the long-standing tradition started by Lamar Hunt and the Chiefs Red Coaters, Red Friday newspapers, magazines and flags have been sold to raise money for local charities. For the third consecutive year, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available to fans at over 130 McDonald's locations throughout the greater Kansas City area.
Additionally, Chiefs executives including Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and team President Mark Donovan, General Manager John Dorsey, local business leaders, dignitaries, media personalities and hundreds of volunteers will be selling "This is Chiefs Kingdom" flags on various street corners in the greater Kansas City area.
"Red Friday is a special day for the Chiefs Kingdom every year, and this year, we are proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the great tradition started by my father Lamar," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "For the last 25 years, Red Friday has united our community as fans throughout the Chiefs Kingdom come together to benefit a tremendous cause and celebrate the return of Chiefs football to Arrowhead. We look forward to another great event leading up to our home opener next Sunday."
Fans wishing to obtain a Chiefs Kingdom flag are encouraged to make a $5 donation. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City aims to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a "home away from home" while the children are receiving medical care in Kansas City-area hospitals. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 87 families. Last year Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City served 5,477 families and supported over 57,000 visits to its Family Room.
In 2015, the Chiefs raised a record of $196,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Combined with the previous year's fundraising of $135,000, more than $330,000 has been raised all together in the past two years. Overall, in the past 25 years the Chiefs have raised more than $1 million for local charities.
In addition to purchasing Chiefs Kingdom flags, fans are encouraged to show their Red Friday spirit by wearing Chiefs gear all day and are invited to a special kickoff party in the Power and Light District.
Gates to the event open at 5 p.m. A Chiefs stage show will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. featuring 2016 American Idol winner, Trent Harmon. On stage for the show will be select Chiefs players, Chiefs Cheerleaders, KC Wolf and the Chiefs Rumble. During the kickoff party there will be merchandise sales, tailgate games and drink specials.
For more information on Chiefs Kingdom flag sales and the Red Friday kickoff party, visit www.chiefs.com/redfriday.