Sports fans are crazy – it's right there in the name: "fan" is short for "fanatic." For me, the sport that brings out my inner fan is football. So every fall, I thank heaven for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wait. I just said "fall," but in truth, football season is about to start. It's already time for training camp. Located at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph (less than an hour north of Kansas City), the Chiefs Training Camp lets fans get up-close with their team, gather autographs and meet the stars of yesteryear and tomorrow.
Camp opens in late July – smack in the heart of Missouri summer in all its hot, sticky glory. But what you get in return for a little weather-related discomfort is golden – so don your favorite shades and Chiefs hat, slather on some sunscreen and hydrate. You won't want to miss a minute.
July 26: First practice open to the public at 3:30 p.m., team autograph session and Back to Football Celebration at Bill Snyder Pavilion. Admission: $5
July 27: Free practice, 8:15 a.m.
July 28: Gatorade Junior Training Camp and team autograph session, 8:15 a.m. Admission: $5
July 29: Season Ticket Member Day (new this year), free practice, and team autograph session, 8:15 a.m.
July 30: Free practice, 9:15 a.m.
Aug. 1-2: Free practice, 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 4: Family Fun Day with team autograph session, 8:15 a.m. Admission $5
Aug. 5: Season Ticket Member Day and team autograph session, 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 6: Free practice, 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 7: Free practice, 9:15 a.m.
Aug. 9: Chiefs vs. Texans Preseason Game, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Chiefs Alumni Day, practice 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 12-13: Free practice, 8:15 a.m.
Aug. 14: Military Appreciation Day and final camp practice, 9:15 a.m.
Unless otherwise noted, practices are free and open to the public. MWSU charges $5/day parking fee for each vehicle. Weather and field conditions are evaluated daily and may cause practice to move indoors, where it will be closed to the public. Keep an eye on the Chiefs' social media channels for notifications.
Information on all Chiefs Training Camp activities is available on the camp website. Check often, as details are constantly being added.