By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1
Over ten thousand of fans have made the trek to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri to watch and get up close to their favorite Kansas City Chiefs players.
From tailgating in the parking lots to various outdoor activities, training camp has all the makings of a traditional game without the high price of a game ticket and parking pass.
At 8:15 am every morning, the Chiefs walk down the hill in front of screaming fans to the field to start their day by running numerous drills with each rotation until 11 am.
Newcomers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, safety Juan Thornhill, and wide receiver Mecole Hardman have integrated well with the veterans; displaying strong performances – gearing up for their Arrowhead debut. But no one could ignore star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ powerful arm.
The ‘Mahomes Madness’ continues with recording-breaking crowds arriving to see their beloved quarterback. Holding some of his newly released cereal, dolls, and other Chiefs memorabilia – fans flocked the stands to get a good view.
Previous to this year, the largest single-day crowd at #Chiefs training camp was 6,100 fans. This year through 10 days, six have surpassed that mark, including high of 8,500. That makes these guys very happy. Interviews with all three + many more 1-4p ET today on @SiriusXMNFL pic.twitter.com/ecXBDMoUa2
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 8, 2019
And with throws like these its no wonder why he continues to be a phenomenon; on August 2nd the 23-year-old threw a pass 60 yards deep:
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 2, 2019
Because training lasts a few hours before autographs sessions begin – the Chiefs offer various activities and photo ops to help keep fans entertained. Including, a concessions stand, merchandise tent and sponsors lined up outside the gate with giveaways.
Back in Kansas City, fans are fired up for the Chiefs first preseason matchup this weekend. The 2019 Red Friday flag continues to travel around town collecting signatures from fans – after ‘Red Friday’ the flag will be hung outside the Chiefs’ locker room throughout the season.
The Chiefs kick off preseason this Saturday, August 10 as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead stadium.
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