The Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies, and a handful of veterans coming off injuries (and a few players handpicked by the coaching staff) have technically been in training camp at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo since Monday. However, Thursday they will be joined by all the other veterans as everyone under contract (not so fast, first-round pick, Eric Fisher!) reports to St. Joe to begin the trek for an AFC West title.
Fisher, the Chiefs #1 pick, still remains unsigned, but head coach Andy Reid told reporters that the two sides are having productive talks and he remains hopeful the issue will get resolved soon.
But back to the players that ARE here. Training camp “officially” begins Friday, July 26 with a 3:30 p.m. practice and closes with the club’s final practice on Aug. 14 at 8:15 a.m. in St. Joe. All practices will be open to the public but could be subject to change. By “subject to change”, that means that Coach Reid can close the practice if he believes the players need a bit more … “motivation”. Fill in that imagery yourself. Or … It could be because of the weather.
IMPORTANT: Notice that unlike years past, most of the practices open to the public begin at 8:15 a.m. and not in the afternoon. While the early start time has definitive benefits for the players and coaching staff (practice in 85 degree weather is infinitely better than practice when it’s 100!), it makes it a little more difficult on fans who want to travel to watch the team.
If practice needs to be moved indoors due to inclement weather, that session will not be open to the public. So if you are planning a trip to see the Chiefs, check your St. Joe weather reports first. After each outdoor practice in front of fans, select groups of players will sign autographs following each practice session.
Unless “otherwise noted”, all outdoor training camp practices will be free of charge. Missouri Western will charge a $5 parking fee per vehicle per day.
The “Camp Kickoff” on Friday, July 26 will feature a full-team autograph session following the 3:30 p.m. practice. Missouri Western will charge a $5 admission fee with no charge for children ages three and under for the first practice of camp.
The Chiefs “American Family” Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. Admission is free of charge and the entire team will sign autographs following practice.
Below is the Chiefs tentative practice schedule for training camp according the team’s web site.
- July 26 – 3:30 p.m./Practice, team auto session ($5 admission)
- July 27 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- July 28 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- July 29 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- July 30 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- July 31 – No Practice
- Aug. 1 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 2 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 3 – 8:15 a.m./Practice, “American Family: fun day, team auto session
- Aug. 4 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 5 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 6 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 7 – No Practice
- Aug. 8 – Team Travel Day, no practice
- Aug. 9 – 7 p.m./Preseason game, Chiefs vs. Saints
- Aug. 10 – No Practice
- Aug. 11 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 12- 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 13 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 14 – 8:15 a.m./Practice
- Aug. 15 – Team Travel Day, no practice, camp breaks
- Aug. 16 – 7 p.m./Preseason game, Chiefs vs. 49ers
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