NFL American football franchise the Kansas City Chiefs has launched an initiative to recognise community members through its legacy seat concept at Arrowhead Stadium.

During each home game, a member of the Chiefs community that “upholds the pillars of our mission: Win with Character, Honour Tradition, Inspire our Fans, and Unite our Community” will be honoured.

Honourees of the Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat, who have been nominated, will be invited to a VIP pre-game experience and be recognised during the game at the Chiefs’ 76,416-capacity stadium.

Lamar Hunt was the founder and owner of the Chiefs, as well as the principal founder of the American Football League (AFL), which merged with the NFL in 1970. He also founded Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as MLS’s predecessor, the North American Soccer League (NASL), and was the co-founder of World Championship Tennis.

The move is similar to Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals’ ‘Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat’ programme, which honours community members who “embody the spirit of O’Niel,” who was a pioneer for black athletes in professional baseball in the US.

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