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Chiefs say they’re working on watch parties for London game

The flags of the United Kingdom and the United States are unfurled on the field the NFL football game between Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
The flags of the United Kingdom and the United States are unfurled on the field the NFL football game between Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. AP

Prior to the Chiefs’ annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, team president Mark Donovan said the Chiefs have plans in the works to accommodate fans who can and can’t attend the team’s Nov. 1 game in London against the Detroit Lions.

“We’re going to do a lot in London,” Donovan said. “The amount of fans who are going has been overwhelming (and) a little bit surprising, so we’re going to do some stuff there Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday which will be open to our season-ticket holders and any fans who are over there. We want to interact with our fans from all over the world who are going to London for that game.”

Donovan said the plan in the United States is to have a bunch of different watch parties.

Chiefs beat writer Terez A. Paylor reports from the team's annual kickoff luncheon Wednesday, when Clark Hunt addressed his expectations for this year's team and his hopes for a Super Bowl bid. Mark Donovan also addressed the team's reason for com

“We’re trying to figure out exactly what makes the most sense,” Donovan said. “We’re still working through the details of that, but you’ve got to remember, you got an 8:30 (a.m.) start so that impacts where you go and who goes.”

The Chiefs surrendered a home game this year to play in the league’s international series, which was not well-received locally, especially after the initial announcement.

“It’s interesting, the initial reaction to the London game … was the unknown and the questions (led to) a negative reaction,” Donovan said. “As we said then, we don’t want to give up games at Arrowhead. We’d rather have the games at Arrowhead.

“Over time, the reality is … since then, I get asked more, ‘How do I go to London?’ (and told) ‘I’m really looking forward to going into London than anything else.’ I think it’s, a little bit, that time has passed and people are just used to it and they understand it is what it is, but we’re going to try to take full advantage of it.”

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