Clark Hunt would like Chiefs to keep camp in St. Joseph

07/29/2013 12:34 PM

07/29/2013 12:47 PM

The Chiefs, four seasons into a five-year contract to hold training camp at Missouri Western State University, will soon have to make a decision on whether to continue heading north for the summer.

Chairman Clark Hunt said Monday during a visit to camp he knows which way he’ll vote.

“Personally, I like the team going away and the bonding that takes place in the three or four weeks they’re together here,’’ Hunt said. “What we have here at Missouri Western is as good as any training facility in the National Football League.’’

The decision is more involved than that, and the wishes of coach Andy Reid might carry the most weight. Reid has said he likes bringing a team away from its own practice facility for training camp.

“It’s been a great experience here for us in St. Joseph,’’ Hunt said. “We wanted to give the new coaching staff a chance to experience it. I will say that everything I’ve heard from Andy about being here at the university has been extremely positive, both in terms of the facilities and how accommodating the university has been for us.’’

Many NFL teams hold camp at their home training facilities and that option would certainly exist for the Chiefs. They might not be able to accommodate as many fans at their practice fields as Missouri Western can, but practice could be moved to Arrowhead Stadium on weekends and other days when large crowds are expected.

Housing and feeding three meals a day to players and staff might be the biggest obstacle toward bringing camp to Kansas City.

“Obviously, (in Kansas City) you don’t have the environment you have at a university, where you have dorms and the cafeteria right there close to the dorms,’’ Hunt said.