Kansas City Chiefs training opens to the public this Saturday, July 30. With that in mind, we reached out to three fans who have made the trip up to St. Joseph before. They served as our fan experts.
First, we asked them about camp logistics—what to wear, when to get there, best places to stand at practice, etc. We then finished with some of their favorite memories of Chiefs camp over the years. Over the next four days, we'll reveal their advice and stories.
Our panel: Jessica Dalton (Chiefs fan for more than 20 years), Lee Modesitt (more than 22 years) and Billy Wilson (more than 40 years).
It's a guide by the fans, for the fans. Enjoy our Fan's Guide to Training Camp.
What are the best types of clothes to wear to training camp?
Jessica: "It can get very hot sitting in the sun and there is limited shade near the practice fields, so lightweight or dry fit clothes are the best. Also, bring a hat to shade your face."
Lee: "Wear breathable clothes and sunscreen."
Billy: "Chiefs Red of course! Shorts and cool clothes are great ... I have to be very careful about being in the sun."
Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks set to report to training camp Tuesday from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs are scheduled to hold their first practice since then at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. And like the previous offseason practices, that practice — and the next two, on Thursday and Friday — will be closed to the public.
All veterans are required to report to St. Joseph on Friday, and the Chiefs will hold the first of 14 full-squad practices on Saturday. Those will be open to the public and largely free, though there will be a $5 admission fee for Saturday's practice and the practice on Aug. 6, after which there will be a team autograph session.
The Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday begin a three-day rookie camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. All nine of their draft picks are under contract and scheduled to participate.
Here is a look at each of the nine players and their prospects for playing time this season.
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Linebacker Justin Houston had ACL surgery in February and is unlikely to be available when the Chiefs begin training camp on July 30. But the Chiefs have been optimistic that Houston, who has led the Chiefs in sacks in each of the past five seasons, will be available at some point during the regular season. -- Adam Teicher
Top stats to know: AFC training camps from ESPN
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Jamaal Charles returns after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in Week 5 of 2015. Charles is the all-time leader in yards per rush among players with at least 1,000 rush attempts. Over the past three seasons, no one has more combined rushing and receiving touchdowns than Charles' 38.
Reid looks to build on Chiefs' late-season run from The St. Joseph News-Press
When the team wrapped up OTAs this summer, Reid seemed to indicate he saw that in the 2016 group.
"I've said before, it's like being a farmer — the work's never done," Reid said. "Listen, I was pretty happy with how and what we got done. That's a tribute to the players and the coaches. They did a nice job coming out and working when they're supposed to work.
"But do we still have things that we need to get done at camp? Yeah, absolutely. We made progress as a team, I felt, this offseason."
He is no stranger to building winners. In Philadelphia, Reid arrived as a 41-year-old, first-time head coach and the Eagles were coming off a 3-13 season in 1998 — the club's worst record since 1972.
Chiefs defense ready to add to elite foundation from The St Joseph News-Press
After six games at the beginning of the 2015 season, things weren't exactly going the Chiefs' way.
Then the defense stepped up. Big.
The unit ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in multiple statistical categories when the season ended and its stingy ways turned a 1-5 start last year into a 10-0 closing run.
"Anytime we can get out on the field and groom (our skills), it really makes a big difference," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said during OTAs. "We're excited, players are working hard. Just like every year, you have to keep improving at this time. This is when you set your foundation and you kind of take off from here."
Reasons the Chiefs Won't Win the Super Bowl from Football Insiders
After a rough (1-5) start to the 2015 campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs went on to win their remaining 10 regular season games, which was good enough to land them a wildcard spot in the AFC. Not only that, Kansas City demolished the AFC South champion Houston Texans to the tune of 30-0 in their playoff matchup.
Having said all of that, this team is not built to win the Super Bowl for several reasons.
First of all, the Chiefs and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, which leaves disappointment from both sides heading into this fall...
NFL training camps begin this week, and a couple of former UConn Husky standouts are hoping to be NFL teammates when the regular season starts.
Anthony Sherman is a lock to make the Kansas City Chiefs' roster again. The punishing fullback and special teams player has already made his mark in five NFL seasons. Wide receiver Kashif Moore signed with KC in the offseason, and hopes to become his teammate. He's had his shot with five other NFL teams. He hopes this one sticks.
Those who come to camp can also visit 13 different museums, including the Pony Express Museum. It sees a lot more families stop through during this time.
"It's fun because the kids come in with Chiefs gear on, but then they become Pioneers or Johnny Fry," said Executive Director of the Pony Express Museum Cindy Daffron. "That picture goes home also."
Chiefs fans, staff and even players shop and dine in St. Joseph. Local business owners are eager for the increase in tourism.
"Our dining establishment, especially our sports bars. We have a couple different radio stations that actually set up camp at a couple different sports bars here in town."
Single-game tickets to all Chargers' home games on sale Saturday from Chargers.com
December features quarterback Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 4 followed by the rival Raiders on Dec. 18. The Chiefs come to San Diego for the season finale on Jan. 1.
Josh Gordon a value in Fabiano's 12-team mock from NFL.com
Round 15, Pick 172: Chiefs defense - I didn't draft a kicker in this mock because Adam Rank took Stephen Gostkowski in Round 5 (not a misprint), but I did take the Chiefs defense. This unit has been one of the best in terms of fantasy points over the last three seasons, finishing first in 2014 and second in 2016. If Kansas City takes a step back, however, I'll just take to the waiver wire.
Eric Berry honored at Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame from The Knoxville News Sentinel
Zaevion Dobson and NFL stars Eric Berry and Harrison Smith will be honored Tuesday night at the 35th annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner...
...The dinner is at the Knoxville Convention Center with former Vol and NFL player Heath Shuler as the featured speaker. Hospitality begins at 5:30 p.m., with welcoming remarks before dinner at 6:30 and the induction ceremony at 7:30. The event benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.
American footballer in London urges women to join in and tackle stereotypes from The Evening Standard
The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff at the boot camp at Loughborough University this month were led by special teams coordinator Mike Mallory and assistant defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton. Londoner Efe Obada, a linebacker who recently signed for Kansas City Chiefs, gave a speech to the rookies.
The camp was part of ongoing efforts by the Jaguars to boost UK participation in the sport. Mallory said: "What stuck out was the level of enthusiasm."
Because of scholarship, Cairo Santos turned football player from ESPN Brazil [translated from the original Portuguese]
You went through St. Augustine, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Fully adapted to the city?
I will never adapt to the cold of Kansas City! From Brazil, living in Florida for four years, after living in New Orleans, which is very hot, the marsh country for another four years ... I do not know where it was Kansas City! When the cold came, I found that was different. I also learned to love the seasons. In summer it is mulled wine, you go to the beaches, lakes speedboat ride after the fall starts to get cold in the winter is at home, go skiing, Christmas time, and here comes the spring, turn the heat up. You learn to appreciate it all.
What about the "American way of life" is adapted? Especially the cultural side and society of that lifestyle. Do you feel part?
Very. I already feel American, much more than Brazilian. My friends, my sister, everyone fills the bag! Even the Portuguese I get to forget, speak of a more gringo way, because I'm already very accustomed to it. I could not live elsewhere outside the United States, the culture is different, the opportunities are greater there. They really like Brazil, people are different and warmer. There are more formal, that I miss, besides the food: rice, beans, barbecue. As for culture, when I got used I realized that there I would not leave.