Free beer awaits fans of Chiefs who go to Lon­don

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY MATT BON­ES­TEEL matt.bon­es­teel@wash­post.com

If there’s one thing that can per­suade foot­ball fans to make a 4,300-mile trip across an ocean to see one bad team play an­other bad team, it is free beer.

The Kansas City Chiefs know this, which is why they will be dish­ing out free beer to ticket hold­ers at a pub in Lon­don’s Trafal­gar Square on Fri­day af­ter­noon, two days be­fore the Chiefs take on the Detroit Lions at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

“What we came up with was, let’s fig­ure out a way to buy them a beer,” Chiefs Pres­i­dent Mark Dono­van told ESPN’s Adam Te­icher. “The idea is if you’re com­ing to Lon­don, whether you came in on a train from Manch­ester where you live or whether you came over on a flight or whether you came in from Ger­many be­cause it’s eas­ier to get to Lon­don than Kansas City, you came to sup­port the Chiefs, and we want to buy you a beer.”

“It’s lit­er­ally meant to be, ‘Come to Lon­don. Come to the pub. We’re buy­ing the beers,’ ” Dono­van con­tin­ued. “Of all the peo­ple I’ve talked to — and I’ve talked to CEO lev­els who are go­ing with clients, to sea­son-ticket hold­ers at train­ing camp — and they’ve wanted to know the plans for peo­ple who are go­ing to be there. And I’ve told them, ‘I’m buy­ing you a beer, so come see me.’ ”

The Chiefs ex­pect about 800 sea­son ticket hold­ers to make the trip. They also will be giv­ing out free flags to their fans en­ter­ing the sta­dium, which isn’t as good as free beer but still: free flag.

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