The announcement that the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Arizona Cardinals for a week during training camp isn't just a good thing because it allows the Chiefs players to face a team they don't see every day. It also opens the door for higher training camp attendance at Missouri Western State University.
Phil Ervin of the St. Joe News-Press passed along this quote from MWSU AD Kurt McGuffin:
"Hopefully, this will spark the crowds to go out and see two teams go at it," said McGuffin, in his first year as athletic director and overseeing his first Chiefs camp. "Just like the Chiefs, the Cardinals will bring the opportunity to see some star players - (All-Pro wide receiver) Larry Fitzgerald and others that people want to see."
McGuffin also noted in a Thursday night press release that the "interest is elevated" in Chiefs camp now that the Cardinals are coming to town.
"We could not be happier to host two NFL franchises this year at Missouri Western," Missouri Western State University Director of Athletics Kurt McGuffin said in a statement Thursday night. "There is a buzz in the air about camp this summer, and with the addition of the Cardinals, the interest is elevated around St. Joseph and beyond. We would like to thank the Chiefs for bringing us this opportunity."
I'll be curious to see what the attendance is during the Cardinals visit versus other mid-week practices. It'll probably be higher, but by how much?