Missouri Western and the Kansas City Chiefs have mutually agreed to bring the Chiefs back to Western in 2018 for training camp.
The deal also holds an option for an additional one-year extension term that would also cover training camp for the 2019 season. Western athletic director Josh Looney is looking forward to the Chiefs return, and thinks that it will be good for the city of St. Joseph, Missouri.
“We’re absolutely excited to bring the Chiefs back to campus,” Looney said. “With the Chiefs here, you’re bringing in anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 fans to any given training camp for the last eight years who may never have stepped foot on this campus or even in our town or county so it’s great visitability. It’s a great benefit for this institution, especially the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex due to the Chiefs contributions. It’s great for us the Chiefs, and St. Joseph as a whole.
With Western hosting the Chiefs for eight years now, training camp has become an attraction with many fans all over coming to watch the Chiefs practice, it gives St. Joseph an extra PR boost over most cities in the area.
“I’m not sure how many students come to training camp and decide that they want to be Missouri Western students, but I’m sure there’s some out there,” Looney said. “It’s publicity you can’t buy. We’re in the homes of Chiefs fans all across the country, in this region. That’s an advertisement that’s invaluable. It’s great for our athletic department as well.”
In a Western press release, Chiefs President Mark Donovan expressed that he was pleased with the reception the Chiefs have been getting in St. Joseph.
“We have been engaged in positive, constructive discussions with Missouri Western State University representatives for months and are pleased to reach this agreement to keep Chiefs Training Camp in St. Joseph,” Donovan said. “When we moved training camp back to the state of Missouri in 2010, we could not have imagined the reception and support that Missouri Western and the entire community have provided us. It’s an exciting time in Chiefs Kingdom and we look forward to returning to St. Joseph next summer.”
In the same article, Western President Robert Vartabedian said that he is proud that Western will be the Chiefs summer home once again.
“We are quite proud of the recent success of the Kansas City Chiefs and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with them,” said Vartabedian. “Our campus and the St. Joseph community take great pride in hosting the Chiefs, and I’m pleased they will return in 2018.”
The Chiefs first started training at Western in 2010, and have made the playoffs five times out of the eight years they’ve trained at Western.