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This is your guide to attending Kansas City Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. Details on the cost to attend, how to get autographs, where to park, directions to the facility and what to bring.

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Who: Chiefs 90-man offseason roster, and all coaches and front office

What: Daily training camp practices

Where: Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Dr, St Joseph, MO 64507

When: July 24 - August 14. See the daily schedule below.

Check the weather

Every practice is scheduled to be open to the public EXCEPT for practices that are moved indoors due to rain. So be sure to check @ArrowheadPride before leaving for practice to make sure it hasn't been rained out. You can check this Weather.com link for St. Joe's weather that day.

There is an indoor facility on campus that the Chiefs will use in the event of a rainout. It is not open to the public simply for space reasons -- it's hard to fit a thousand or more fans in an indoor complex.

How to get there

You go to Google, type in "Missouri Western State University", click on the map and then put your address in for directions. Or just go here and put in your address in the top left. MWSU has directions, too.

If you can't figure this out by now, there is no hope for you. You and Old Man Thorman can sit back and talk about the good 'ol days when people used real maps.

What time to get there

The gates open 30 minutes before practice. So for all but the first practice, that's 7:45 a.m. Getting there at that time is plenty of time. You could even show up a few minutes late since they are often just stretching at that point. Practices should last about two hours and 40 minutes (unless Big Red cuts them a break and lets 'em out early).

How much does it cost?

You will be charged $5 for parking. All but one practice is free to enter. Family Fun Day (Saturday, July 26) will be $5 to enter.

Other things you can buy: Chiefs gear in the merchandising tent, food and drinks. You may spend money on lunch if you're eating in St. Joe (food recommendations below).

How to park

MWSU will charge you $5 to park your car in their parking lot. RVs and buses will be charged $15. For power campers, you can buy a season pass for $35 in the Looney Complex on campus. You will park in this horseshoe parking lot, entering from the south.

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The practice fields are up and to the left from this picture. It's a good quarter mile to the practice fields, which sucks when it's hot out. If you walk to the fields and enter to the left of the MWSU ticket office, there will be a large set of stairs you'll need to go down to get to the practice fields. If you stay to the right of the ticket office, you won't encounter stairs. Either way, you walk through the Chiefs merchandising tent to get there.

This map shows you the whole thing and gives you an idea of how it all looks.

You can tailgate in the parking lot. Not many people do though. They say no alcohol in the parking lot, which would be the first time anyone's broken that rule on a college campus.

Where to sit during practice

There will be bleachers that fit about 1,800 people on one side of the fields. You can probably find a seat there but the busy days (first day and Family Fun Day) it might be tough to find a seat. Bring your own chair if you don't want to sit in the bleachers.

You can also stand the entire practice. You're allowed to walk around three sides of the fields to get different angles.

Photos are encouraged but no video

Take all the photos you want. The Chiefs say there is no video. I have no idea how they would enforce this now that I think about it.

Pro tip: Make sure your best ones are tweeted at us or posted on our Facebook page or sent to me via email at Joel@sbnation.com.

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What to look for during practice

  • Take your own notes and write up a camp report in the FanPosts at AP. Plenty of people do this.
  • Who is lining up where? If the Chiefs decide to move Jamaal Charles to, say, cornerback, you can say you were there when it happened.
  • The players will do some drills broken up by position. Find out where your favorite position group is practicing and scope out the best spot along the fence.
  • Listen to some of the fun words the coaching staff uses.
  • See who Andy Reid is watching. He spends a lot of time with the offense.
  • Pay attention to the 11-on-11 drills. Those are the parts of practice that most resemble a game and pretty much the reason you go.
  • Look for the most obscure jersey worn by a Chiefs fan. I'm talkin' 1994 Greg Hill.
  • The players who aren't practicing will be doing their own conditioning off to the side. You'll see them.
  • Spot John Dorsey. I bet he's wearing a grey Chiefs sweatshirt and shorts.

How to get autographs

Some players will sign autographs every day after practice. It's usually broken down by position group, so one day the linebackers will sign and the next day the running backs will sign and so on. We will tweet who is signing when @ArrowheadPride.

There are two spots to be on the look out for autographs. The first one is behind the goal post on the southwest side of the field. It's in front of the media tent (come say hi to me) and the VIP / players family tent. Some players will stop there after practice and fans will line up along the fence to get autographs.

The second spot is a hill that leads from the field to the players locker room area. It's on the southwest side of the field as well. They will walk down the hill on their way in (get their early and post up) and up hill on their way out. This is where kids should be getting their autographs but it fills up quickly, so scope out a spot early. You'll see every player and coach walk past this area.

It's the bottom left goal post in this picture (which Google Maps needs to update).

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Pro tip: Bring a cute kid with you to ask for autographs. Works 60 percent of the time, every time.

What to bring to camp

  • A print out of the roster. If you're that die-hard. There are a lot of new numbers.
  • Water. Lots of it. It's hot out there. You can bring in your own bottle. The Chiefs will be offering free water.
  • Sunscreen. You don't want your face looking like a catcher's mitt when you're 50 years old. Also, you could be a potential Arrowhead Pride reader for years so I don't you need to go dying on me now.
  • Umbrella. If you hate the sun and want the shade.
  • Cash. You can buy drinks and food at the complex. You also have to pay for parking. There is a tent with Chiefs merchandise as well.
  • Your kids. They're welcome. There is a kids zone with stuff for them to do if they're not yet breaking down the 3-4 defense.
  • Chairs. If you're not looking to sit on the bleachers.

What not to bring to camp

From MWSU:

  • Firearms, weapons of any type or fireworks
  • Coolers - any size, any type
  • Plastic, metal or glass cups, cans or containers (Sealed bottles of water are allowed)
  • Thermos bottles or flasks
  • Food
  • Beer or liquor or cigarettes (no smoking)
  • Video cameras or professional cameras/lenses
  • Flammable liquids
  • Noisemakers - air horns, klaxon, bells, whistles, etc.
  • Boom boxes
  • Laser pointers of any type, poles or rods
  • Any other items deemed dangerous or unacceptable by security

Where to eat in St. Joe

Here is a video with food options. We also asked for these recommendations on Twitter. Here's what people said:

Resources

Chiefs 2014 training camp schedule

*Arrowhead Time

**Each practice is scheduled to be about two hours and 40 minutes.

Thursday, July 24              Practice - 3:30 p.m. First Practice

Friday, July 25                  Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, July 26              Practice - 8:15 a.m. Family Fun Day- $5 Admission

Sunday, July 27                Practice - 8:15 a.m. STH Appreciation

Monday, July 28                Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday, July 29               No Practice

Wednesday, July 30          Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, July 31              Practice - 8:15 a.m

Friday, Aug. 1                   Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2               Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3                 Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 4                 Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 5                No Practice

Wednesday, Aug. 6           No Practice

Thursday, Aug. 7              Preseason Game No. 1 - Chiefs vs. Bengals - 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 8                   No Practice

Saturday, Aug. 9               Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10                Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 11               Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12              Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13          Practice - 8:15 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14             Practice - 8:15 a.m. Final Camp Practice

Friday, Aug. 15                 No Practice

Saturday, Aug. 16              No Practice

Sunday, Aug. 17               Preseason Game No. 2 - Chiefs at Panthers - 7 p.m.