Former KC Chiefs player to make appearance in Wellington

Jeff Guy
From left, Mike Castaneda, of Wellington, stands with former Kansas City Chiefs player Dante Hall.

Mike Castaneda, the nationally recognized chef from Wellington, is bringing another big name to this rural Kansas town. A name that will resonate with football fans -- Dante Hall.

Hall, the former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver and return specialist (kick returner) is scheduled to appear at the Regent Theater, Nov. 22 where he will sit with theater goers and watch the Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders on “Sunday Night Football” on the big screen.

Tickets for the event will be $50 per person. VIP tickets selling for $100 will allow people to enter the theater an hour before the game for a meet and greet with Hall, who will sign autographs. Tickets will soon be available on Castaneda’s web page, and through his Facebook page.

Castaneda will be preparing food for the event. Hall is “a big burger guy,” Castaneda said, so his specialty for the night will be a spicy, cheesy burger.

Only 50 to 100 tickets will be sold to allow for social distancing, and people are encouraged to wear masks to the event, Castaneda said.

We want to respect all the safety guidelines with COVID-19,” Castaneda said. “We want to do our best to protect everybody. I think there needs to be a level of precaution to keep everybody safe.”

Hall, nicknamed the “human joystick” and “X-factor,” was a fifth round draft pick out of Texas A&M for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2000 NFL draft. He played for the Chiefs from 2000 to 2007 when he was traded to the St. Louis Rams for his final two seasons.

Castaneda met Hall earlier this year when he cooked at an event for Chiefs running back Spencer Ware’s Sickle Cell aWAREness Foundation.

“There were a lot of cool people there,” Castaneda said.

Along with Hall, Castaneda met Chiefs players Derrick Johnson and Christian Okoye. He formed a special bond with Hall.

“We kind of just hit it off,” Castaneda said. “This past weekend, he called me and said “let’s hang out in Kansas City. He wants to do more of these events. I said, ‘We’ve got this really cool historic theater in Wellington and I think there’s a lot of Chiefs fans out there who would love to meet you so let’s start it there.”

Castaneda brought the idea to Regent owner Jerry Fike.

“He was super excited,” Castaneda said. “As soon as I contacted him, he was like yeah, let’s do what we can to make it happen.”

Some of the money raised will go toward travel costs for Hall, who lives in New York.The theater will get some money and some funds will go to a local charity, Castaneda said.

“We haven’t nailed down all the details on who it would be, but that’s in the works,” Castaneda said.

Fike said, “The Regent Theater could not be more pleased than to play host to this event.”

“It should be an awesome time,” Castaneda said.

The Regent will also host a performance by The Sweetwater Band on Nov. 28, which will be video recorded and released on a DVD.