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July 18, 2003

Special Events Highlight 13th Chiefs Training Camp

The Kansas City Chiefs will open its 13th training camp at UW-River Falls on July 20 and will include hosting the Minnesota Vikings for two days of practices.

The Chiefs will arrive on July 19 and practice for nearly a month, departing on Aug. 15. During the camp, there will be two practices per day that are free and open to the public. The morning session will typically run from 8-10 a.m. The two hour afternoon session typically starts at about 4:30 p.m.

As in past years, several special events will be held throughout the camp to give fans an extra insight into the 2002 Chiefs.

A highlight for the camp this summer will be a two-day practice with the Minnesota Vikings on July 30-31 at the Ramer Field Sports Complex. On July 30, the teams will practice from 10:40 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 5:50 - 8 p.m. On July 31, the teams will practice from 8:10 - 10 a.m. and from 2:40 - 4:30 p.m. Single day admission is $7; admission is $12 for both days.

In addition to the practices, there will be other special events throughout both days. A shuttle service also will be available for transportation. Complete details are on the Chiefs training camp web site at

Another special event at Chiefs camp this summer will be Family Fun Night, set for Friday, July 25. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the autograph session featuring all of the players and coaches will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. Practice under the lights at Ramer Field will follow and a fireworks display after practice will culminate the festivities. There will be food, music, games and other activities to keep the young and old alike entertained throughout the event. Admission is $5; children under 18 are admitted for free.

What has turned into a very popular event at the Chiefs Camp is the annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition that will be held July 26 at Ramer.Competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. with registration starting at 1:30 at the field. Girls and boys will compete together in six age groups of 8-13 years old. The event is free and all participants will receive a ribbon. Trophies will be given to the top three place finishers in each division. In each of the past two years, Coach Dick Vermeil has presented the trophies to the winners.

Senior Citizen Day and Kids Day, other popular Chiefs camp events, will also be held this year. Senior Citizen Day is set for July 24 at the morning practice. There will be two Kids Days this year - July 21 and Aug. 12 - also at the morning practices. For more information on either event or to register, call 715/425-3771.

During practices there also will be the opportunity for fans to get a closer look of the Chiefs training facilities by taking a tour of the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center and Hunt Arena.

Extensive coverage and daily updates of all the action will be available on UWRF's award-winning web site

Fans are encouraged to call the Chiefs Hotline at 1-800-4-KCC-KCC for the latest information on daily practice times and event dates, which are subject to change.

For information about lodging and other attractions in River Falls and in the nearby Scenic St. Croix River Valley, log on to

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