In just over a month the Kansas City Chiefs will arrive in St. Joseph for their annual training camp.
Their arrival means an increase in customers at local restaurants and businesses.
The first practice open to the public is Saturday, July 27. Hotels in St. Joseph already are close to being fully booked for the opening weekend due to all the people coming from out of town.
Popular restaurants like 54th Street, Cheddars, Cracker Barrel and Applebee’s are already expecting to see an increase in customers and sales. Assistant General Manager Evan Clemmons for 54th Street said they are used to seeing Chiefs fans show up.
“We get a lot of people that are familiar with 54th Street show up, but we also will get rookie players come in,” Clemmons said. “We’ve had Eric Berry come in before and last year Patrick Mahomes came by too.”
Another business that sees an increase in sales is Rally House at East Hills Shopping Center. The store is currently flipping its Royals merchandise with the Chiefs in order to make their gear the main focus.
Store Manager Blakli Thompson said they are expecting even more items sold this year due to the team’s successful season. They’ve brought in brand new merchandise and are trying to increase their Patrick Mahomes selections.
“With this season it’s hard to predict anything based off the last season, but we normally see a lot of traffic due to people coming from out of town like Iowa, Nebraska, south Missouri and Kansas and we hope to see that increase,” Thompson said.
There will be a Red Rally in Downtown St. Joseph on Friday, July 26, to kick off the tenth year of the Chiefs coming to town. The practices start on July 27 with $5 admission.