It's almost here.
The Kansas City Chiefs are set to take the field next week as training camp kicks off at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph. Quarterbacks, rookies and select injured players will report early in the week for a handful of closed practices before the rest of the roster arrives a few days later. The public is invited to come out to practice for the first time on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30 pm and will be welcome throughout the remainder of the Chiefs' three weeks in St. Joseph as the season inches closer.
For a full training camp schedule – including who will be signing autographs, when special events are occurring and practice times – click here.
But before the Chiefs can start chasing down their championship aspirations, there's the not-so-simple matter of ensuring the team has absolutely everything they need up at camp.
That's where Equipment Director Allen Wright comes in.
"We're here to give the players and the coaches whatever they need to focus on their jobs," Wright said. "That's everything they need from the moment they walk in the door."
This will mark Wright's 37th training camp with the Chiefs – there's simply nobody better in the business. He's assisted by five-full time employees – Kyle Crumbaugh, Chris Shropshire, Jay White, Cale Kirby and Holt McKenney - and 10 part-time staffers up at camp.
And while it's a heavy lift to essentially move the Chiefs' practice facility 60 miles to the north, the work is well worth it for the Chiefs' equipment staff.
"At the end of the day, even though I've been here for 37 years, I'm just a fan like anybody else. I'm the same as somebody who's sitting up in the stands. I feel the excitement in this city and I want to win a Super Bowl just like the guy in section 325" Wright said. "When we start moving this stuff up there, it's like Christmas for us."
Here's a look at just a handful of the items Wright and his staff bring up to St. Joseph.
11,000 gallons of Gatorade
1,600 pieces of gum
1,600 pairs of shoes
600 pairs of socks
67 miles of tape
All of that equipment will be in action next week as the Chiefs prepare for the 2019 campaign. For more on training camp, click here.
The Kansas City Chiefs began the process of moving equipment and gear to Missouri Western State University for the 2019 Chiefs Training Camp.