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Public camp practices at UoP — but more to be settled

Posted by Darren Urban on June 11, 2013 – 5:37 pm

Michael Bidwill confirmed today the Cardinals will hold their public training camp practices at University of Phoenix Stadium. Beyond that, the Cardinals are still working on the details.

“Everything in regard to the stadium is set,” Bidwill said. “Everything else in regard to Glendale is not set.”

Bidwill said he is hopeful it will come together. He reiterated camp is closer to the largest part of the fan base in the Valley, and noted 20 of the 32 NFL teams practice at their facility and/or stadium. The plan is that the Cards will have places on the concourse for fan activities, Bidwill said. There is a Real Madrid- L.A. Galaxy soccer game in the stadium in Aug. 1, but Bidwill said the Cards have the ability to practice at ASU’s facility that day. The Cards also think they have a good plan to work with the turf in the stadium, which obviously would take a pounding with daily practices.

As far as moving the entire football operations out to Glendale, Bidwill said that wouldn’t necessarily happen. “Those are some of the things we haven’t decided on,” he said.

“We tried to make the best decision for the team,” Bidwill said. “The facilities NAU had moved us into the last couple of years were completely substandard for a professional football team and we were paying big rent up there. They just didn’t want to cooperate with us anymore. … I was not going to let this team be at a competitive disadvantage.

“I think it will make us a better team and give fans better access.”

There is no timetable on having camp at the stadium either.

“We don’t want to necessarily look at this as a short-term situation, but we’ll see how it goes,” Bidwill said.


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6 Responses to “Public camp practices at UoP — but more to be settled”

  1. By samir on Jun 11, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    You’ve mentioned almost all of last year’s rookies and how they’ve shown improvement in strength, eating habits, etc. but how has Lindley looked, has he at least shown improvement throwing the ball under Arians?

  2. By George on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    I am a little disappointed because I love having an excuse to leave the valley and travel up north to Flagstaff.

  3. By Erik on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    I live in Flagstaff, and this is sad. the town wants so badly for the Cardinals to come back up, but NAU is incredibly greedy and has no concern about the town in which it operates.

    I think Flagstaff was the most beautiful place to hold camp in the country, not to mention the benefit of training at 7000 feet. You will be missed.

  4. By Darren Urban on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    Samir —

    RE: Lindley

    Seems like he is doing OK. Haven’t seen a ton since he’s on the second field.

  5. By DON CHRISTENSEN on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    HOW NICE TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE GATE OPEN..AND OPENING UP CONCESSIONS FOR THE ENTIRE BOOTOM TIER. MUCH MUCH BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. THANKS CARDS!!!

  6. By sbrown on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    @ Don, C – I agree, I was at last year Fan Fest and last night it was much better. Much easier to get in to UoP, nine concession stands open, entire lower bowl available to sit in ( we moved around to watch position drills, then sat on the 40 yard line to watch the 7 on 7 and the Offense work towards the end on the night). Great Job Cards…

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