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Bring on the Football Fans: Western Readies Campus for Chiefs

As fans awaited word about the NFL season Monday, plans to host the Kansas City Chiefs moved forward at Missouri Western.
(St. Joseph, Mo.) As fans awaited word about the NFL season Monday, plans to host the Kansas City Chiefs moved forward at Missouri Western State University.

A semi unloaded concrete blocks in the parking lot and crews readied the area for spectator and retail tents near the outdoor practice field.

Team owners and players inked a new collective bargaining agreement today ending a months-long lockout.

"Football's back," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said the ten-year agreement secures the long term future of the league and makes the game better.

In a press conference in Washington, DC, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the agreement will let the sport flourish and ensure every team will be competitive.

NFLPA President Kevin Mawae remarked that he's happy with the agreement.

Missouri Western said this morning they still had not received an official start date from the Chiefs for this year's training camp.

The NFL Network reports teams will be allowed to sign draft picks and rookie free agents starting tomorrow.
  
Players can begin reporting to training camp 15 days before their team's first preseason game.

Under that scenario, ten teams each would report Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

The Houston Texans and New York Jets would report on Sunday.

Teams can start signing veteran free agents on Friday.

An August 4th deadline is also reportedly in place for the union to re-certify and formally ratify the new CBA.

A representative from All Seasons Event Rental was on campus unloading tents Monday afternoon. He said he was told by the Kansas City Chiefs that the tents needed to be set up and ready to go by this Wednesday.

The company is also providing fencing for the training camp site on Western's campus.
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