Governor Jim Doyle cut the ribbon today on a new training facility for one of just two NFL teams left in Wisconsin's Cheese League.
...the Kansas City Chiefs.
The addition is to the UW River Falls athletic complex in part to benefit the chiefs, Governor Doyle's self-proclaimed favorite AFC team.
For fifteen years the Kansas City Chiefs have called UW-River Falls their summer home.
And when the team came back for training camp this year, they were greeted by almost 2.5 million dollars worth of brand new facilities.
"If you look at what we have here and what we have at arrowhead, it would make sense to move the team here," Chiefs linbacker Shawn Barber said jokingly.
The new 12,300 square foot facilities were addded on to the knowles center and include new locker rooms, training rooms and showers.
The old training room was converted to a laundry room, the old laundry room into offices and air conditioning put in throughout the complex. Far superior to their setup back at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
"They came to Arrowhead to see what we had and they made it better," Chiefs CEO Carl Peterson said.
Amazingly it took less than a year to complete the project.
But doyle says it's not just for the chiefs.
"This is not about the team as much as it is about needed improvements to UW-River Falls," Governor Jim Doyle said.
And will be a great recruiting tool for the school's athletic department.
"How many division 3 schools have these facilities? Any athlete that comes here will have all these facilities at their disposal," said UWRF Chancellor Don Betz.
Betz says having the chiefs brings one to two million dollars each summer into river falls and the surrounding community.
"Economically it's a clear winner," Betz said.
And in part to the new additions, the chiefs extended their agreement with river falls by two years.
But Doyle adds that this is a special situation.
"it'd be a different situation if they were an NFC team," Doyle says.
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