The Kansas City Chiefs have been doing a good job this training camp of making the players accessible to the fans. At training camp, fans could get just about any player's signature that they wanted after practice. They had several signing periods in St. Joseph, Missouri where the entire team -- including GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley -- would greet the fans and sign autographs.
The Chiefs were rewarded for those efforts on Wednesday night with a crowd of 22,000 coming out to watch the night practice. For a reference, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had slightly over 30,000 attend the Chiefs and Bucs game on Saturday night.
This is by far the most folks that have viewed a Chiefs practice this offseason (and probably the most at the Truman Sports Complex in a while).
During training camp, their first Wednesday night practice drew about 8,000 folks. During their intra-squad scrimmage, they brought in a Spratt Stadium-record 10,721 people.
Of course one of the big reasons they were able to get so many people out is because it was a free event. There was no charge for parking or entrance.
The biggest challenge for the Chiefs moving forward will be getting folks to drop a few bills on (at least) ten home games this year.