Chiefs Camp Kicks Off With a "Red Rally"

Published 07/29 2011 06:20PM

Updated 08/10 2011 09:51AM

Missouri Western welcomed Chiefs fans with a red rally before the start of practice.

Just by looking around at Missouri Western, it's easy to see St. Joseph welcoming the Chiefs.

Missouri Western and the St. Joseph Metro Chamber teamed up to help fans welcome the Chiefs with a "Red Rally."

"Well as you can see, fans are already building and the gates aren't supposed to open for a few more minutes, even for "Red Rally", let alone practice, so we're having a number of people come in and this is our chance to say to the Chiefs welcome back to another season and show a little spirit from St. Joe," says Dan Nicoson, Interim Athletic Director of Missouri Western State University.

"All of the Chiefs fans are very excited to be out here so they come out early, they want to show their support," says Kristi Rasmussen, of the St. Joseph Metro Chamber.

Fans filled the area, the Phil Vandel Band entertained the crowd, a balloon artist made souvenirs for the kids, Chiefs cheerleaders signed autographs, and fans proudly hung their "Welcome to St. Joseph" banners.

Anticipation built during the rally.

"I'm looking most forward to seeing them play, practice, I just love the Chiefs," says Brooklyn Jones, a young Chiefs fan.

"Yeah, I see them on tv all the time and now they're here and we actually get to see them in person," says Tayley Shewmaker, another young Chiefs fan.

Some fans are cherishing every moment. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Grooms is stationed in Anderson Airforce in Guam, and is finishing his last day of leave at Chiefs Camp.

"Yes, I've been overseas my whole career so I rarely ever get to see a live game. I have my parents tape my games for me just so I can see those games. You do not know what it means to me that they finally finished this lockout and they're here to practice today so I can see them. It's unbelieveable. So it's like a dream come true," he says.

Fans were ready to root on their favorite team.

Hy-Vee gave hot dogs to the first 500 fans.

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