Chasing Chiefs to Western

Sports

The buzz that has been going around Missouri Western and the St. Joseph community is whether or not the Chiefs are willing to move the training camp to a specially erected sport facility, which would be located on campus.

The Chiefs have successfully drawn a close to yet another football training camp in River Falls, Wis.

Senator Charlie Shields has scheduled a meeting for Sept. 20, where he will meet with Carl Peterson, the general manager of the Chiefs, to discuss proposal ideas.

Shields will present a proposal for an indoor training facility that will consist of a climate-controlled practice field, training facility and high tech smart classes. The last proposed budget for a Chiefs training camp estimated at over $7 million.

“It’s an excellent thought for Missouri Western and the community,” Shields said. “It will be a huge image boost for the community.”

Shields believes that it is a little too premature to discuss the annual costs of operating a facility of the magnitude because the meeting will decide whether they will take anymore steps forward.

Missouri Western’s athletics director Mark Linder feels that, although the proposal has been a very time consuming process, the ending result will be nothing but positive for the Western campus and community of St. Joseph.

Funding for the construction of the facility will come from a partnership formed by Western, the city of St. Joseph and Buchanan County.

“We’ll have an NFL team on campus and in the community,” Linder said. “That would all be a  positive for the partnership.”

Linder believes that the facility will not only benefit the Chiefs. He feels that it would have a profound impact on Western enrollment rates, increase youth sport activities and tournaments and act as a draw from the rest of the region.

When looking at the other end of the spectrum, Director of Public Relations Bob Moore showed mild interest in the idea of the Chiefs moving to the Western campus.

Moore said that the team has not yet resigned with the River Falls training camp, but all that is needed is an okay from the team to roll over the contract.

“At this time the Chiefs have no plans to move their training camp to Missouri Western,” Moore said.

Moore said that the team is not actually in the market for a new location for the camp because the facility in River Falls does a good job at catering to the team’s needs.

Shields and all others involved such as Linder are composing a package meant to entice the Chiefs that if they move here for camp we will be able to provide the same accommodations as River Falls. The main positive difference would be only have to drive an hour for hometown team bonding.

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