A guide to the Kansas City Chiefs 2014 training camp




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(MCT) — The Kansas City Chiefs training camp is held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., which is about a one-hour drive north of downtown Kansas City. Take Interstate 29 North to Exit 46A for U.S. 36 East. Take the first exit, Riverside Road, and turn left. At the second stoplight, Mitchell Avenue, turn left. Go about one mile and the university is on the right. Turn right onto SW University Drive, then take Downs Drive to the parking area.

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For GPS users, Missouri Western recommends plugging in this address: 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507

When is it?

Chiefs rookies report to camp July 20 and start practice July 21, but those workouts are private. The first full-squad practice, which is open to the public, is July 24.

What does it cost?

Each practice, except for the opening practice and family day ($5 admission), is free. Missouri Western will charge a $5 parking fee per vehicle, per day.

What to expect

When you arrive at Missouri Western, you'll be ushered into a parking lot near the team's football stadium. From there, you'll go down a hill (or down some stairs, depending on where you park) and walk along the track that lines the field, which eventually will take you to the two practice fields the Chiefs will be on.

But bring your wallet, because last year you had to walk through the Chiefs' memorabilia tent on the way to the practice fields. From there, you'll be able to sit and watch practice on the hill that lines both end zones, and the metal bleachers that line one of the sidelines. Practice typically lasts almost three hours, though they could always go a bit longer.

How to get autographs

Players enter and exit the field via a large hill in the corner of one of the end zones that leads back up to the indoor facility. This area is roped off, but on their way off the field, a handful of players will always sign autographs for fans who line the hill and the end zone closest to the hill.

What to eat

Fans can purchase food and drinks from side tents.

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There's a $5 entry fee per person and children ages 3 and under will get in free. But there will be a team autograph session and games for kids. The Chiefs' cheerleaders also will be in attendance.

The schedule

Practices that are moved indoors because of inclement weather will be closed to the public.

Thursday, July 24: 3:30 p.m. practice ($5 admission); Friday, July 25: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Saturday, July 26: 8:15 a.m. practice, American Family Fun Day ($5 admission); Sunday, July 27: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Monday, July 28: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Wednesday, July 30: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Thursday, July 31: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Friday, Aug. 1: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Saturday, Aug. 2: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Sunday, Aug. 3: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Monday, Aug. 4: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Saturday, Aug. 9: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Sunday, Aug. 10: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Monday, Aug. 11: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Tuesday, Aug. 12: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Wednesday, Aug. 13: 8:15 a.m. practice (free); Thursday, Aug. 14: 8:15 a.m. practice (free).

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