Anyone that has soaked in a game at Arrowhead Stadium has seen them.
They’re the lucky few, equipped with a flag in hand, that lead the Kansas City Chiefs out of the tunnel prior to kickoff and who sprint across the end zone following a touchdown.
Known as the “Chiefs Flag Warriors,” the group is right in the middle of the most exciting atmosphere in the National Football League.
And on June 8, fans 18 years of age and older will have their chance to become a part of it.
Auditions for next season’s Flag Warriors will take place that evening at the Chiefs’ facilities, where prospective candidates will be interviewed in addition to learning several game day routes.
It’s an opportunity to get involved with Chiefs Kingdom firsthand – to go from the seats to the Arrowhead grass.
“It’s surreal,” said Armando Mesa, who’s been a Flag Warrior for each of the past three seasons. “You don’t ever think you’re going to be able to run out there with the team, so it’s pretty cool. I’m only three years in, but it (hasn’t gotten old).”
A native of Kansas City and a lifelong fan, Mesa stands as an example of who the Chiefs are looking for when it comes to creating a memorable game day experience as a Flag Warrior.
“We want someone that is passionate about our team and that wants to celebrate an exciting season with all of us,” said Chiefs Cheerleader Director Stephanie Judah. “There’s a physical component to this, you’re going to be running a flag for a long distance and you have to be able to do that, but besides that, we just want somebody that loves this team.”
Candidates must be able to run 160 to 200 yards multiple times per game no matter the weather. Additionally, candidates are expected to wave a 12’ x 6’ flag and must be available for every Chiefs’ home game during the 2018 season.
To sign up for auditions, follow this link.