Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks report to training camp on Tuesday and will practice from Wednesday through Friday, but those workouts are private. The first full-squad practice, which is open to the public, is Saturday. To get all our camp updates on your mobile device, download Red Zone Extra, The Star’s new Chiefs app.
Five big story lines
Can the Chiefs keep Alex Smith upright? Will Dontari Poe ever get any help on the defensive line? Here’s a look at some of the things to watch for as camp gets started.
Five position battles to watch
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The Chiefs have 89 players on their roster for training camp. Several position groups will feature competition for spots with the first team. Here’s a countdown of the the top five position battles heading into camp.
Jeremy Maclin was the prize of free agency for the Chiefs, who somehow went all of 2014 without recording a single wide receiver touchdown. So out went longtime Chief Dwayne Bowe, and here comes Maclin, whose explosiveness and familiarity with Reid’s system figures to make him a better fit as the No. 1 receiver in this offense than Bowe was. Here’s a breakdown of the camp roster by position, with analysis.
How to get there
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.
For GPS users, Missouri Western recommends plugging in this address: 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507
What it costs
Each practice — except for Family Fun Day on Aug. 8 and the first day of practice open to the public on Aug. 1 (both $5 admission per person) — is free. Missouri Western will charge a $5 parking fee per vehicle, per day. Buses and RV’s will cost $15 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 (Lot H). Parking is a first-come, first-served basis, and if Lot H fills, additional parking is available in Lots J and K. From Lot H, 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 lasts roughly three hours, though they could always go a bit longer. The Chiefs’ website says practices that start at 8:15 a.m. will last two hours and 40 minutes and practices that begin at 9:15 a.m. will last one hour and 40 minutes.
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. The Chiefs will also have a designated position group sign every day after practice. That group will rotate on a daily basis. Finally, the Chiefs will also hold organized, full-team autograph sessions on Aug. 1, 2, 8 and 12.
What to eat
Fans can purchase food and drinks from vendors in side tents.
Why you should go to Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 8
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.
Practices that are moved indoors because of inclement weather will be closed to the public.
▪ Saturday, Aug. 1: 3:30 p.m. practice, team autograph session ($5 admission fee)
▪ Sunday, Aug. 2: 8:15 a.m. practice, Alumni Day and team autograph session (free)
▪ Monday, Aug. 3: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Tuesday, Aug. 4: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Wednesday, Aug. 5: 9:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Thursday, Aug. 6: No practice
▪ Friday, Aug. 7: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Saturday, Aug. 8: 8:15 a.m. practice, Family Fun Day and team autograph session ($5 admission fee)
▪ Sunday, Aug. 9: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Monday, Aug. 10: 9:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Tuesday, Aug. 11: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Wednesday, Aug. 12: 8:15 a.m. practice, season-ticket holder appreciation and team autograph session (free)
▪ Thursday, Aug. 13: No practice
▪ Friday, Aug. 14: No practice
▪ Saturday, Aug. 15: First preseason game, at Arizona Cardinals, 8 p.m.
▪ Sunday, Aug. 16: No practice
▪ Monday, Aug. 17: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Tuesday, Aug. 18: 8:15 a.m. practice (free)
▪ Wednesday, Aug. 19: 9:15 a.m., military appreciation (free)
▪ Thursday, Aug. 20: No practice; camp breaks
▪ Friday, Aug. 21: Preseason game No. 2, Seattle Seahawks at Chiefs, 7 p.m.