Plaza decked out in Chiefs gear for Red Friday

McDonald's restaurants are selling Chiefs Kingdom flags this Friday for $5 to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.

McDonald’s restaurants are selling Chiefs Kingdom flags this Friday for $5 to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Are you seeing red all along the plaza? That’s because the Kansas City Chiefs are gearing up for Red Friday, an all-day event to support the Chiefs as they begin the NFL season and benefit a worthy local cause.

Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of Business Operations Bill Chapin

Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of Business Operations Bill Chapin

Chiefs representatives, including Vice President of Business Operations Bill Chapin, were at the plaza on Wednesday hanging flags and banners and clothing plaza statues in Chiefs jerseys, while mascot K.C. Wolf mingled with passersby and took photos with kids.

This Red Friday is a particularly special event, Chapin said.

redfriday2“It’s the 25th year of Red Friday, so when Lamar Hunt thought of this incredible vision to benefit both Kansas City and now the local charity, Ronald McDonald House charities, I think this is what he had in mind,” Chapin explained.

Throughout the day on Friday, participating McDonald’s restaurants around the KC metro will be selling commemorative Chiefs Kingdom flags for $5. All proceeds go directly to Ronald McDonald House charities, which help families stay near their children who are receiving vital medical care.

Chiefs mascot K.C. Wolf struts down the street along the plaza.

Chiefs mascot K.C. Wolf struts down the street along the plaza.

Chapin said the event gets bigger every year, and he expects this one to be no different.

“Every year we’ve been able to have more and more flags sold. We’ve ordered more flags than we’ve ever sold before, but there are limited quantities,” Chapin said.

Among the red and yellow decor along the plaza is a large Chiefs Kingdom banner, with over 4,000 signatures from Chiefs fans.

“We want to remind people to do three things on Friday,” Chapin said. “Wear their red, go to McDonald’s and get this commemorative Chiefs Kingdom flag, and then of course, attend the kickoff party at Power & Light later that evening.”

A Chiefs Kingdom banner at the plaza has collected more than 4,000 signatures.

A Chiefs Kingdom banner at the plaza has collected more than 4,000 signatures.