Tradition Continues at Chiefs Home Opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A half-century is a long time to call one place your home. It was 50 years ago that the Chiefs franchise moved to Kansas City from Dallas.

Fans say the Chiefs are more than a team, they are an institution.

“It’s more like a religion,” said ticket holder Shauna Janzen. “Everywhere you go, people love the Chiefs. It’s the best city to be a football fan in.”

Devotion goes skin deep for some die hards who have spent half a century packing the house. Ever since 1963, the tradition rich football franchise has given the community something to rally around.

“It’s an amazing legacy,” said Stuart Janzen. “It represents everything that is the U.S. and the Midwest in terms of the friendliness and openness.”

It’s about this time each year that hope springs eternal for football fans in this city. Kansas City hasn’t been to a Super Bowl since 1970, but there would be no hope for 2012 if not for founder Lamar Hunt, who had opportunities to take the club elsewhere, but he chose to keep it here where it belongs.

The team announced that 50 members of the community will be honored as Lamar Hunt Game Changers during the 2012-13 season. Those people will be recognized on the Chiefs website throughout the season.

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