As Michael Bidwill had mentioned back in February, the practice bubble is being built.
The $4.2 million indoor structure — paid for entirely by the team — has been something the franchise has worked toward and talked about for a while. The Cards have started the excavation and grading work at their Tempe facility, which will eventually be followed by the foundation work and then construction of the actual practice facility itself. The target date for completion is sometime later this summer, and vice president of media relations Mark Dalton said the hope is for it to be ready to use this season. Kent Somers reported the Cards are still in the process of securing a couple of the final permits.
The last few years, the Cardinals used the practice bubble at Arizona State a few times during the hot days of the early season. The fields at the Tempe facility have been reconfigured a bit to make room, with the far two fields to the east taken out and the second outdoor field now running east-west instead of north-south. Field One, closest to the team’s building, remains north-south.
The Cardinals have yet to announce the location of training camp, but Dalton said the bubble is not being considered as a training camp option. “We do feel the ability to practice indoors in a climate-controlled environment during the hot weather months will have a positive impact on the team’s ability to prepare and compete,” Dalton added.
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