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Report: Chiefs to leave RF in 2010

According to a report in Friday's St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, the Kansas City Chiefs have committed in writing to move their summer training camp from UW-River Falls to Missouri Western State University in 2010.

Citing Missouri Development Finance Board documents, the newspaper reported the move would take place pending approval of a $25-million state tax credit proposal. The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote on the issue.

If approved, the deal would have the Chiefs donate $10 million from the sale of the tax credits to Missouri Western for a new indoor, air-conditioned practice facility that would be completed in time for the Chiefs to open camp in 2010.

UW-RF Chiefs' Camp Coordinator Larry Testa said he was made aware of the report Friday afternoon, and said the team and university were still discussing details for the upcoming 2009 camp.

"I don't know what their plans are for 2010, but I'm still operating on the assumption they are coming back in 2009," he said.

The Chiefs moved their training camp from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., to River Falls in 1991 and have used UW-RF as their summer home the past 19 years.

See the Dec. 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more on this story.