From St. Joseph, Missouri
The Chiefs enjoyed first-class facilities at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for the last 19 training camps.
But what they will have starting next week at Missouri Western State University will establish a new standard for NFL training camps. The work between the Chiefs and Missouri Western has created what is essentially a duplicate of the team’s facilities at the Truman Sports Complex.
There are no more excuses for any part of the Chiefs organization about going away to camp and not having the proper facilities or access. Other than being about 80 minutes away, there’s little missing from what’s on the Missouri Western campus. In fact, it’s a step above. The Chiefs indoor practice facility is not air conditioned. The 120-yard artificial turf indoor field in St. Joseph has plenty of air conditioning.
And that AC was humming on Wednesday as the school and the Chiefs opened the facility to the media and the school’s board of governors.
“I’m not sure among the teams that leave their facility for camp that there’s a better set up than what we have here,” said Chiefs president Denny Thum.
The new building not only includes the indoor football field, but a weight room, a locker room that can accommodate 120 people, a full-size training room including hot and cold plunge pools, a meeting room that can seat 120 people, along with other smaller meeting rooms and offices for each member of the coaching staff.
The Griffon Indoor Sports Facility sits next to Spratt Stadium and is up the hill from two brand new grass practice fields that were built for the Chiefs.
The only thing missing from this corner of the campus is the dining hall and dorm where the players and staff will spend the nights.
“The dorm is about one-eighth of a mile away, which is shorter than what we had in River Falls from dorm to the facility,” said Thum.
We’ll have more on the other items and features planned for this inaugural camp next week. But with the team a week away from arriving, most everything was ready to go. Some stands need to be placed around the practice fields and tents need to be erected, but otherwise the folks in St. Joe are ready to go.
And they are ready to go with a first-class facility.