April 19, 1996
Kansas City Chiefs Set Camp Dates
The Kansas City Chiefs will hold the team's sixth Summer Training Camp from July 25 through Aug. 16 in River Falls, Wis.
Practices are held twice daily on most days during camp at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and they are free and open to the public. Fans often see players from just a few feet away, and some players will provide autographs to fans after practices.
The Chiefs are one of five NFL "Cheese League" teams, which includes the Chicago Bears at UW-Platteville, the New Orleans Saints at UW-La Crosse, the Green Bay Packers at St. Norberts College in DePere, and the Minnesota Vikings just across the border at Mankato State.
Chiefs Camp highlights include Family Fun Night and the Oklahoma Drill. At Family Fun Night the Chiefs provide an evening of family entertainment, including music, food, giveaways, an autograph session on the field with players and coaches, and an evening practice followed by a fireworks display.
In the Oklahoma Drill, a team tackling drill pits defensive against offensive players in a one-on-one battle to tackle a running back. It is the only full contact drill of the camp, and fans are invited onto the field to stand just a few feet from the players.
The Chiefs plan to invite the Minnesota Vikings to visit for practices, but a date has not been set for the annual round robin between the two teams.
Fans who are looking for other diversions after practice can venture to the nearby St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The only North American river protected for its entire length, the St. Croix River is surrounded by quaint river towns that offers historic sites, antique shops, fine restaurants and dozens of other family diversions. Also an easy drive are the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the Mall of America, which is just 45 minutes away.
For more information about the camp, call the Kansas City Chiefs hotline at 1-800-4KCC-KCC from June 1 through Aug. 30. Web surfers who want the latest on the Chiefs during camp, including sideline notes, player features, team roster, special events information, and training table menus, can visit the Chiefs Summer Training Camp home page at: http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/welcome.html
At that web site they'll also find visitors information about the Scenic St. Croix Valley.