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Kansas City Chiefs to Train at UW-River Falls in 2003

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday (Sept. 25) that the club has exercised its option to conduct training camp in 2003 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

This option was a part of the two-year contract the club signed with the school in 2001. The Chiefs have conducted their annual training camp for the past 12 years on the River Falls campus, dating back to 1991. Per terms of that contract, the option for the 2003 camp needed to be exercised by October 1, 2002.

"We're delighted to exercise our option for another year of training camp at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls," Peterson commented. "This will be our 13th year in River Falls and never once has the University been complacent in meeting our needs and making our training camp the best that it can be. UW-RF and town officials always work to make things better. It goes without saying that this past year, the weather in Wisconsin was nearly perfect. We never lost any days to hot and humid weather as was the case in some other NFL camps.

"On behalf of the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, I want to personally thank the entire River Falls community and particularly the staff at UW-River Falls for making training camp an exceptional experience for us the past 12 years," Peterson concluded. "As I have noted many times, the weather and the opportunity to work against other NFL teams continue to be major reasons for our decision to return to River Falls each year."

UW-RF Chancellor Ann Lydecker said she welcomed the team's decision to return to the western Wisconsin community. "The Kansas City Chiefs continue to be one of the top organizations in the National Football League," Lydecker said. "Having the opportunity to host the team for the past 12 years as their summer home has been a benefit not only to our campus community but to communities all around the St. Croix Valley. We've been pleased and proud to call UW-RF the Summer Home of the Kansas City Chiefs. We look forward to working with the Chiefs for many years into the future."

UW-RF Camp Coordinator Mary Halada added, "We are very pleased that we will again host the Kansas City Chiefs for Training Camp 2003. This continues to be a positive experience for our students, the University and the community. The Chiefs have been an excellent organization for us to work with and we look forward to continuing that relationship."

The Chiefs originally became members of Wisconsin's "Cheese League" in 1991, when the club first began its summer training regiment in River Falls. Prior to this current contract which was signed in 2001, Kansas City last renewed its training camp contract with UW-River Falls in 1998.


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