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Wrapping a night at the stadium

Posted by Darren Urban on June 11, 2013 – 8:28 pm

Coach Bruce Arians wore thick white sunscreen on his nose even though indoors at night — thanks to the cancerous cells he had to have scraped off earlier — and also wore a smile. The Cardinals finished their workout right around 100 minutes after getting started, and Arians was satisfied with the first full day of the Cards’ mandatory minicamp that was capped by the Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“We had a little too much contact for my liking, but I knew it would happen, it always does when the fans come around,” Arians said. “I’m anxious to have training camp in this stadium with this many people every day, so we can have that kind of excitement.”

– Not a ton happened in the night practice. A deep catch by Larry Fitzgerald riled the crowd and Arians said the many deep throws weren’t an anomaly but how he wants to run his offense.

– Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who had been absent from voluntary OTAs for a month taking care of personal business, returned to the field.

– Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out with a tight hamstring. Arians said it wasn’t serious. “We’ll be very cautious with him because he’s had a great spring,” Arians said.

– Arians said in terms of the training camp announcement that it would be at the stadium that the team will also have a separate 50-yard field in the dome to help in getting the work done.

– Nate Potter has gotten some work at right tackle and Bobby Massie at left tackle. Arians said he will continue to rotate the tackles so they get used to playing both sides.

– The Cards have two more days of minicamp before the veterans scatter for the summer. The walkthrough and the practice, which used to be separated into a morning and afternoon work, will instead both be in the morning because of the heat.

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5 Responses to “Wrapping a night at the stadium”

  1. By Leeskicitizen on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    I’m glad the team is putting more time in the friendly confines of the U of P. This move could solidify the home field advantage for the players based upon familiarity of surroundings alone. Another advantage is the players working on the excellent playing field that could reduce injuries. But, as has been said by coach BA, the additional stimulant of fan/crowd feedback seems to already had a good effect on the collective spirit. Keep that parking free!

    I’d like to add my name to the list of fans participating on the Cardinal’s website who are having no access to team videos. The problems seem to have started about three months ago. I don’t have add blocker, but I do block unsolicited tracking of my activities on websites (there are currently 4 companies trying to track my activity on this site). I don’t mind the adds, with the exception of there being no option to turn the volume down, but I do mind the assumption that it’s alright to track my activity on any website without my permission. At this point, I’m willing to forgo access to the videos if the unauthorized tracking is a condition for access.

  2. By cards4sb on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    Living in Rockford Illinois is a drag. I really really want to be their.

    Hey Darren-
    Im curious as to how many fans attended. If you find the time could ya let us know. It’s nice to see how much support the team gets.

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

    cards4sb —

    RE: Fan Fest attendance

    12,000.

  4. By sbrown on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    big thanks to the organization for hosting Fan Fest last night. Good crowd ( 12,000+ ) was much easier to get into the parking lot, into the stadium and grab drinks and hot dogs. Thanks for opening up the entire lower bowl, as we were able to move around to get a closer look at position practice and watch the 7 on 7 and the O vs D at the end.

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