On Saturday, the Chiefs and Missouri Western State University hosted “American Family” Fun Day at Chiefs Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care. Fans came out in droves to show their support, some traveling from as far as San Antonio, Texas.
“I’m in the Air Force and stationed in San Antonio, but we wanted to make the trip out to Chiefs camp to see the team and experience the atmosphere,” dedicated Chiefs fan Jason Seibel said. “We left on Thursday night and stopped in Oklahoma City to stay the night, then woke up Friday morning to drive to Kansas City. We bought some Chiefs t-shirts and memorabilia and then made our way to St. Joseph for Family Day.”
Seibel traveled with his wife and two young daughters, all of whom were decked out in Chiefs gear.
“It was awesome to be at Chiefs camp, it’s much more of an intimate feeling than a game and it’s incredible to be surrounded by the Sea of Red,” Seibel noted. “Some NFL teams don’t allow fans to watch practice, so I think it’s a testament to the Hunt family and the organization that they want the Chiefs fans to be involved. It’s truly an incredible experience.”
Not only did the fans enjoy watching practice, but they were also able to visit the Kid’s Zone, which provided rock climbing, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and more.
There were also kiosks set up for fans to buy Chiefs gear, browse Sprint’s latest devices or create a personalized Coca-Cola can. Fans could creat a customized Coke, Diet Coke, or Coke Zero can with their name or the name of a friend or loved one.
“We just made customized Coke cans and they’re awesome,” Taylor Slavens, a Chiefs fan in attendance, said. “It’s such an awesome idea, I’m so excited to have these and excited to be at camp. I came up to American Family Fun Day with some of my family and it’s such a fun bonding experience and a great time out here.”
Following practice, Chiefs players thanked fans, took photos and signed autographs. A heavy rain interrupted the festivities, but a few players stayed back to sign autographs for the dedicated fans still waiting in the rain.
Chiefs fans truly are the best in the NFL. A record number of fans traveled to St. Joseph to support their team. There were 6,200 fans at Chiefs camp on Saturday, which is the highest number of fans in attendance for the lower fields.
“Listen, the fans were unbelievable,” Head Coach Andy Reid said. “We appreciate them and they kind of push you through that first day in pads where you get a little tired in those last couple of periods, where things seem to slow down. The fans get you going and you roll. We appreciate that.”
Join the Chiefs in St. Joseph for Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care at Missouri Western State University. Click here for a list of practice dates and times. If you didn't get an autograph today, players will be available every day following practice.