In a week, the Cardinals will hold their first practice of training camp out at University of Phoenix Stadium. Now the details can be found all right here. It’s going to be strange, as many have noted, to not be driving up into the mountains and moving into a dorm after I had done such the last 13 years. Will it be different? Certainly. The Cards will have a 50-yard portion of field in the building along with the normal 100-yard field they play on in order to get work done. They will have their normal locker room.
There will be autograph chances, there will be a Red-White practice Aug. 3 and in all, 17 open practices. (No, walk-throughs aren’t open anymore, but with the CBA taking all the interesting parts out of that time of the field, I don’t think that’s a big deal.) I understand the people disappointed not to be in the cooler temps up north, but there’s no argument more fans will have a chance to come to camp now because it’s simply easier to access from the Valley.
One thing that has gotten somewhat lost in the Cards’ transition from Flagstaff to the stadium is the fact camp was going to change anyway. This is Bruce Arians’ first camp, and he was never going to do it exactly like Ken Whisenhunt, regardless of the location. It’s also Arians’ first camp ever as the man in charge, and he’s probably been building up a laundry list of things he would want to do should he ever have this opportunity. That too will be interesting to see play out. It’s hard not to picture Fan Fest on steroids. Certainly it will be more intense. Let the hitting commence.
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