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Kansas City Chiefs will turn Red Friday into Red Thursday for home opener

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The Kansas City Chiefs usually celebrate the start of the NFL season with "Red Friday" before the team's first home game. This year, the Chiefs first home game comes on a Thursday night in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.

Thus, Red Friday will become Red Thursday.

"This year, Red Thursday is going to capture all of the annual Red Friday excitement from around the city and match that with the energy and vigor that our fans and all of Chiefs Kingdom feel on gameday," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement. "This tradition is a highlight for the organization every year, and we are looking forward to sharing an exciting day of Chiefs events with our fans, culminating in our primetime contest against the Broncos at Arrowhead."

Some of the events for the Chiefs Thursday home opener:

  • Suggested $5 donation for a "This is Chiefs Kingdom" flag, which will be sold at area McDonald's restaurants
  • Kansas City symphony will do the National Anthem at the game
  • Recognizing players from the Chiefs two Super Bowl teams during halftime