St. Joseph Prepares for Chiefs Camp

Published 07/15 2011 06:48PM

Updated 07/26 2011 11:16AM

While the 2011 NFL season isn't certain at this time, many in the country are hopeful.
Many in st. Joseph are even taking action.

At Missouri Western State University, they're beginning to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

Right now, the chiefs are planning on coming.

"As of now, they're fully intending to be here, and be here on time, and we are working with that scenario that we need to be ready to open at scheduled time," says Dan Nicoson, Vice-President for University Advancement and Interim Athletic Director.

Western is taking many steps to prepare.

They're preparing the fields, painting goal posts, setting up bleachers, preparing a new parking plan, and even readying the dorms for for the Chiefs to stay during their visit.

Nicoson says if the training camp does happen, the impact will be enormous.

"Well I think there's two kinds of impacts on our community. One is the economic and last year we estimated that at about 1.2 million dollars. The other is community pride," he says.

Many businesses in the area are preparing as well.

Jock's Nitch Locker Room, at the East Hills Mall, is counting on the training camp to take place.

They're ordering more Chiefs merchandise all the time.

"I think we're going to get people all around the state of Missouri, says Billy Jones, Manager at Jock's Nitch. "The training camp is huge. It's fun, it's cheap, and it's a good place to take the family when it's not too hot."

Other businesses aren't so certain however, those at Buffalo Wild Wings say some materials are still available from last year, but they aren't taking action until they know the camp is happening.

"That's all we need. Once they say they're ready to go, then we'll be ready to go. It won't take long for us to get fired up. We're into the sports," says Kirk Keling, General Manager at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Nicoson says parking will cost five dollars at this year's camp.

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