They packed the bleachers surrounding the practice fields at Missouri Western, but that wasn’t a total surprise considering the Chiefs’ opening session of training camp was on a Friday afternoon.
The remaining 14 practices are all scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m., which could reduce the turnouts, though the temperatures will be more comfortable than the mid-afternoon practices of previous years at Missouri Western.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid and the players were impressed with the showing.
“It was great to see the fans out here,” Reid said. “It looked like they packed the place. They were loud. It was exciting for the players.”
Quarterback Alex Smith enjoyed his first training practice away from home. The San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent seven seasons, trained at their year-round facility.
“What a great atmosphere out there,” Smith said. “This is new for me. It’s definitely new territory for me, and it was fun. The energy the fans bring out here … it’s fun to come out and see this.”