The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that the club’s training camp will return to the state of Missouri for the next 10 years, beginning in 2010.
The Chiefs and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri have agreed to the university’s plans for a training facility that will host the club’s training camp on the Missouri Western campus for a minimum of five years. Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt talked about the importance of moving training camp closer to Kansas City.
“We are very excited about bringing training camp back to the state of Missouri. Given the increased year-round interest in the Chiefs, it was important to our family to conduct camp closer to our fans in Mid-America. We appreciate the support of the State of Missouri and Missouri Western State University, and we look forward to expanding our role in the St. Joseph community next summer.”
Working with the State of Missouri, the Missouri Development Finance Board and Missouri Western State University, the Chiefs will make a multi-million dollar contribution to support the construction of a new training facility on the Missouri Western campus. This project will include a climate-controlled, 120-yard indoor field, as well as team and position meeting space for the Chiefs and office space for the Chiefs coaching and football operations staff. In addition, two 120-yard, regulation NFL grass fields will be part of the project.
The university has assured the Chiefs that the facility will be completed before July 2010 and the university has assumed responsibility for any cost overruns associated with the project. In addition to their investment in this facility at Missouri Western, the Chiefs and the Hunt Family have contributed an additional $50 million towards the ongoing renovation efforts at Arrowhead Stadium and the Truman Sports Complex, further strengthening the franchise’s commitment to the state of Missouri.
Missouri Western will serve as just the fifth training camp site in the 50-year history of the Chiefs franchise. The Chiefs will conduct their training camp in the state of Missouri for the first time in 20 years when they open camp at Missouri Western in 2010. William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri previously served as the Chiefs training camp site from ‘63-90.
And the deal finally gets done! Just yesterday, I wondered if the planned date to break ground (July 1) would have to be pushed back by MWSU due to the deal not being official yet. Now that the school can decide on a company to handle the project without worrying about the deal falling through, I have no doubt everything will be ready to go for next year’s training camp.