Around The Web: New Training Camp Layout, Captain Shields


After word came down that the Kansas City Chiefs and were within $100,000 of finalizing their new training camp plans at Missouri Western State University, we get a look at what the final layout for the new facilities should look like.

After months of revisions, MWSU and Chiefs officials have nearly settled on the final design — a one-sided, one-story facility that will sit at a 90-degree angle from the main grandstand.  Athletic director Dave Williams sounded confident they finally have a consensus on the layout.

“I’d say it’s 98 percent done.”

The Griffons are waiting for the state of Missouri and the Chiefs to work out their final differences so the Missouri Development Finance Board can release the $25 million in tax credits to the Chiefs, who in turn will donate $10 million to Western for the project.

Williams plans to break ground July 1.

All you have to do is look at these plans and know why this deal was never really in trouble.  Why would politicians take away these state of the art facilities from the student-athletes at Missouri Western State University?  Now that the Chiefs have agreed to spend 10 years in Missouri (and no undoubtedly all 10 will be at MWSU), this deal will be signed shortly and we can all get ready for the debut of training camp in St. Joseph for the 2010 season.

The Kansas Kaos are a semi-professional football team that plays their home games at Bonner Springs High School.  This Saturday they are hosting the Lincoln Extreme and will also feature former Chief Will Shields at halftime.

The halftime festivities will feature a special appearance by honorary Kaos captain and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields.  Shields will be available to sign autographs and take pictures.  He will be involved in the Kaos’ youth program.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not support a local team and meet Will Shields in the process?  And if you’re a player that’s interested in playing for the Kaos, they hold tryouts year round.  Clearly it isn’t the same level as the NFL, but it could hold you over until training camp opens next month in River Falls.

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