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RIVER FALLS -- The Kansas City Chiefs' 2008 training camp on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus will mark the 18th consecutive year the Chiefs have conducted their preseason work in Western Wisconsin.

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The team has two remaining one-year options in its existing agreement with UWRF should the Chiefs wish to exercise them.

"On behalf of the entire Chiefs organization, we are pleased to return to the University of Wisconsin - River Falls for an 18th consecutive year," Peterson commented. "Both UWRF and the entire River Falls community have embraced the Chiefs over the years. This past preseason we enjoyed working out of the new University Center on the UWRF campus. Our team sincerely appreciates the many improvements that have been made on campus over the years and the tireless efforts that have been made to make our stay more productive each year. As usual, UWRF has never become complacent with our training camp needs. They have always sought to find ways to make it better. We look forward to returning to River Falls once again in 2008."

"We are delighted to welcome the Kansas City Chiefs back to UW-River Falls and the city of River Falls for their 18th consecutive training camp in 2008," UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz commented. "The Chiefs are valued friends who have positively impacted our community for all these years. We look forward to their return and continued success."

In 2007, the Chiefs enjoyed the use of the University Center for their meeting space and dining needs, in addition to serving as the club's media headquarters. This $34 million facility was funded entirely by student fees.

Thanks to a $2.4 million dollar funding package from the State of Wisconsin and UW-RF students, the University made a number of improvements to Knowles Arena on the University of Wisconsin - River Falls campus, which the Chiefs have enjoyed since 2005. Knowles Arena was enlarged, two new locker rooms with 100 pro-style lockers were added, while shower and dressing areas were improved. In addition, a new, 2,500 square foot training room was added and upgraded to state-of-the-art status. The entire building is air conditioned, which is an additional plus for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs will depart for River Falls on Thursday, July 24 with the first day of practice scheduled for Friday, July 25. Kansas City will hold a joint practice session with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, July 31 at UW-River Falls. Family Fun Night is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2. The Chiefs will open their 2008 preseason schedule with a contest at Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 7. The club is currently scheduled to break camp and return to Kansas City on Friday, Aug. 15.

Kansas City continues its 2008 preseason schedule when the club hosts Arizona on Saturday, Aug. 16, a match-up that serves as the Chiefs Charity Game. The Chiefs will travel to Miami for a contest against the Dolphins on Saturday, Aug. 23. Kansas City closes out the preseason schedule with a Governor's Cup match-up vs. St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 28.

More information on specific practice times, dates and policies for training camp will be announced at a later date. All dates and times are subject to change.

2008 CHIEFS TRAINING CAMP DATES:

* Thursday, July 24 -- Depart for Training Camp - River Falls, WI

* Friday, July 25 -- Begin Training Camp - River Falls, WI

* Thursday, July 31 -- Practice with Minnesota Vikings - River Falls, WI (6:30 p.m.)

* Saturday, August 2 - Family Fun Night -- River Falls, WI

* Thursday, August 7 -- Kansas City at Chicago - Soldier Field (7 p.m.)

* Wednesday, August 15 -- Break Training Camp - River Falls, WI

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