Free beer awaits those who go see the Chiefs in London

AP

The Chiefs will be in London next weekend for a game against the Lions that continues the NFL’s tradition of exporting some of the least appealing games on the schedule to the United Kingdom.

At least this one will come with free beer for Chiefs fans who decide to make the trip. Chiefs president Mark Donovan says that the team will take over a pub in Trafalgar Square for three hours next Friday afternoon and hand out free suds to ticket holders who are in town for the game.

“What we came up with was, let’s figure out a way to buy them a beer,” Donovan said, via ESPN.com. “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.”

Should the Chiefs and Lions both lose this weekend, they’ll be a combined 2-12 for next Sunday’s game in London. A beer seems the least that either team could hand out for fans hardy enough to follow them to foreign lands, although it seems unlikely that branded blindfolds will be part of the giveaway.

26 responses to “Free beer awaits those who go see the Chiefs in London

  1. A beer. One. Gee, I travelled 24,000 miles, paid $10000 in hotel and airfare, and all I got was this beer and a crummy football game?
    Priceless.

  2. As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I can promise their going to need it to drown the disappointment and failure.

  3. Free beer to entice ANYBODY to watch the Chiefs battle for the basement bragging rights with the Chargers.

  4. I would like to one up the President of the Chiefs with an offer that is three times as good – if he wants to drop by the Cancun resort we are staying at to give us a $1,000 wedding gift, I will personally buy him TWO beers and one shot of Don Julio 1942. Heck, I’ll even opt for some social media coverage if he wants some good press!

  5. I’ve flown to England for the beer alone! Not a Chiefs’ fan (except when Montana was there) but that is a classy move!

  6. What about those who go to see the Lions? Do they get free beer too?
    While they are at it, they should give away paperbags for the fans to wear to make both teams feel at home.

  7. Can you please clarify if this is for just “a beer” or “as many as I want”? Because that is a deal breaker you know.

  8. It’s a nice gesture… But I thought the idea of playing games over there was to attract people over there…

  9. Went there a couple of years back to see a game.. what I found strange is that they don’t allow any alcohol sales in any pubs or stores 1-2 hours before game start time within a 1 mile radius of Wembley

  10. notwithkubiak says:
    Oct 23, 2015 9:12 AM
    Went there a couple of years back to see a game.. what I found strange is that they don’t allow any alcohol sales in any pubs or stores 1-2 hours before game start time within a 1 mile radius of Wembley
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    That’s a “hangover” from rules that came in to end all the soccer fan violence in the 80s. It helped. Nor do they sell stadium beer at most league soccer games.

  11. whywerule says:
    Oct 23, 2015 7:29 AM
    Is it going to be good Belgian beer, or do you have to drink Guinness or Boddingtons or, even worse, some American Lager?
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    Boddys? Dude, you’ve named one of the naffest English beers! In London you should drink Fullers – London Pride or London Porter (if you stick to a big name, but there are hundreds of breweries in England, a lot of them good, and all better than bud of course).

  12. crapsandviche says:
    Oct 23, 2015 7:45 AM
    Yes, let’s import the US over indulgence philosophy to the UK!!!!
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    Yeah, because they don’t drink beer at sporting events over there…

  13. crapsandviche says:
    Oct 23, 2015 7:45 AM

    Yes, let’s import the US over indulgence philosophy to the UK!!!!

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    My guess is that you have never set foot in a London pub.

  14. I wanna see a bunch of drunk Chiefs fans try to climb those big honkin Lions statues on Trafalgar Square — probably be more entertaining than the game.

  15. P.S. I love how all the griping about a game in London suddenly stops when someone announces “hey, FREE BEER everybody!”

    Moving it to a 9.30 kickoff helped a lot too (though 10am would be better, to help West Coast some).

  16. I think what’s really going to tick everyone off is when you realize how much money the NFL is giving to these teams to play overseas and how they will continue to compensate them in the future to play more games offshore or move a team. Not millions, 100’s of millions if not already spent, will be freely given away. This is on top of the money already wasted in NFL Europe. Let’s not forget how well that went. So continue to build these teams office buildings folks so your home games and local profits can be sent overseas. Thank you NFL for giving the middle finger to America.

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