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Chiefs Playoff Berth Has Impact on Training Camp

The St. Joseph Visitor's Bureau and Missouri Western hope the Chiefs turnaround season translates to more fans at training camp next season.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The hot summer months of training camp are a distant memory.

Spratt Stadium sits alone with snow and frigid temperatures.

But as the Chiefs prepare for their first playoff game in four years, the St. Joseph Visitor's Bureau is excited about the playoffs impact on training camp in St. Joseph next year.

"I think it will definitely regenerate all the attention we've gotten," Communication's Director Beth Conway said.

The Visitor's Bureau estimates the Chiefs organization alone brings in more than $350,000 to the local economy. That does not include fans coming from Kansas City and surrounding states.

Chiefs training camp has also done a lot for Missouri Western State University. The Griffon Indoor Sports Complex was built to accommodate the Chiefs during camp. The University uses this facility for other sports when it is cold.

The team's contract expires after next season, meaning both the Chiefs and Missouri Western must make a decision soon.

"It's become a summertime tradition here in St. Joe," Missouri Western's Brett Esely said.

Esely works in the athletic department and said he expects talks between the Chiefs and the University to pick up after the season.

"It's something we would like to get on the same page with before training camp starts this year," Esely said.

The University is hoping to extend the contract for many years to come. From all indications, the Chiefs seem interested as well.

"We're very hopeful. We know Coach Reid was ecstatic with camp and attributes it to much of their success," Conway said.

A success that will hopefully translate to more fans at training camp next year.
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