Fans wanting to get a look at the 2016 Kansas City Chiefs won’t have to wait as long as they did last year.
The seventh year of training camp for the team on the campus of Missouri Western will officially start July 30 this year – two days earlier than last year.
The Chiefs released the training camp schedule on Friday and most will follow the same format as in previous years. The training camp – again sponsored by Mosaic Life Care – will have practices running in the mornings, with starting times of either 8:15 or 9:15 a.m.
The 2016 camp marks the second year of a three-year extension the school and the Chiefs agreed to last year. When the Chiefs moved training camp from River Falls, Wisconsin, to St. Joseph in 2010, they agreed to a five-year contract to host the camp at Western.
Rookies and quarterbacks will report on Tuesday, July 26, before going through three days of practice that is closed to the general public.
Veterans are scheduled to report on July 29, the day before public practices begin. Most practices are open to the public and free of charge, though Western charges $5 to park each day.
The initial practice on Saturday, July 1 has a $5 admission fee, as well as $5 charge for American Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 6.
Team autograph sessions are scheduled for July 30-31 and Aug. 6-7.
Practices that start at 8:15 a.m. will run approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, while 9:15 a.m. practices will run 1 hour, 40 minutes. The official start of practice on July 30 will start at 3:30 p.m.
There will be no practice Aug. 4, 11, 12, 13 (preseason home game vs. Seattle) and 14.
The final practice in St. Joseph is slated for Thursday, Aug. 18, which is also Military Appreciation Day. Other notable days include the Family Fun Day and Alumni Day and Season Ticket Member Appreciation Day (Aug. 7).
All of the practice days are weather permitting. If needed, practices will be moved inside the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex, where they will be closed to the public. Those announcements will be made via social media channels as information becomes available.
A few changes will be made from last year. With renovations to Western’s Spratt Memorial Stadium complete, the former entrance adjacent to the Baker Fitness Center will again be utilized. As in past years, the best way to enter camp, parking wise, will be in Lot H.
Fans will enter via the Craig Field entrance and pass the soon-to-be complete, state-of-the-art video scoreboard now under construction.
Western director of athletics Kurt McGuffin said the scoreboard will be either complete or near completion by the start of Chiefs training camp and will give fans the first peak at the newest addition to the university skyline.
“All indications are that it will be (complete and ready),” McGuffin said. “There may not be a lot of content on it, but there will be some and that will be exciting for people to see and we’ll showcase St. Joe and Missouri Western to the best of our ability once it’s done.”
McGuffin said preparations are already underway at the university and everything will be ready for the Chiefs’ arrival at the end of July.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do – we always do,” he said. “But we have so many people who have been doing it for so many years that we know what we are doing.”