New additions to Chiefs training camp

Training camp opens Friday for the Kansas City Chiefs on the campus of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

It's the third year the campus has hosted training camp for the Chiefs, and this year, fans will notice some differences.

Crews at Missouri Western have been working hard to get the facility set up.

"We feel we're right on schedule," Missouri Western Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin says.

The grounds crews keep the grass cut every day. Other crews are hard at work getting the fencing in place around vendor tents.

"It takes about three weeks for us to get going and camp is three weeks," McGuffin says. "So it's basically six weeks of our people's time that they work hard on making camp a success."

McGuffin says three weeks of work goes by at a fast pace.

New this year are renovations to the Baker Fitness Center.
The campus workout facility is getting a facelift both in its locker rooms and its weight room.

The facility is being prepared to house another NFL team: The Arizona Cardinals.

"We think that brings a new angle to camp," McGuffin says. "We are going to have around 200 NFL players around here."

But most of the workers are focused on tents. And those tents will be used for precious shade.

Even more tents than last year will start to pop up on the sidelines of the practice field.

"That's a little different from what we've had before," McGuffin said. "We didn't offer as many shade tents on the sides and the sidelines other than the bleachers. We're going to put bleachers underneath those tents. So it's going to be a little different. We're looking at the fan experience, because we know it's hot."

It's all about making training camp comfortable for the fans and the players alike.

The Chiefs arrive to training camp on Thursday, July 26.

The Chiefs will also host the Arizona Cardinals for three days in early August.