Live, from the Great Lawn, it’s the Cardinals!

Posted by Darren Urban on April 14, 2014 – 3:57 pm

The draft, in a “normal” year, would have begun April 24. It instead has been pushed back two weeks, to May 8. But that doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t have some significant draft discussion the night of April 24 — and the fans will have a chance to be part of it.

That Thursday night, which has usually wed the draft party with the opening of the Big Red Rib & Music Festival on the Great Lawn outside University of Phoenix Stadium, there will be a live TV special shot during the Cards’ “Spring Tailgate” event. Admission is free. Gates open at 5 p.m., and at 7 p.m., a draft preview shown on Fox Sports Arizona will take place with fans as the studio audience. The show, hosted by Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley, will feature team president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians, along with safety Tyrann Mathieu and new left tackle Jared Veldheer.

Part of the show will be questions from the fans, including some sought through social media. So, using hashtag #CardsTailgate, you can send questions over social (via Twitter, for instance) and some of those will be used in the broadcast. It’ll be two weeks before the draft, so I’m not sure anyone is going to be giving away any trade secrets, but it will be entertaining and a chance to get up close and fairly personal with key Cardinals’ personnel.

UPDATE: Using hashtag #CardsTailgate on Twitter, you can tweet questions for the Spring Tailgate panel. If your question is used, you could win an autographed Cardinals mini-helmet.


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20 Responses to “Live, from the Great Lawn, it’s the Cardinals!”

  1. By steve on Apr 14, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: Will you be there as well?

  2. By Darren Urban on Apr 14, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: TV

    I will not be appearing on the show. As of now I’m not planning on being there, but things can change.

  3. By Big Ken on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like fun Darren. Any more details on music or food? Catered by Wolfley’s restraunt? Food’s good there btw.

  4. By Darren Urban on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Big Ken —

    RE: Show

    You can check out for details.

  5. By Haydee E on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    Will there be a Draft Party at the University of Phoenix Stadium on May 8th and throughout the draft? We have friends flying in expecting to go to the stadium, will there be ANY festivities during the draft? Nothing is posted on the calendar and some say they have received letters from the Cardinals stating there will be something going on but more news to follow? We are season ticket holdesr and we have not received any such letter.

  6. By Darren Urban on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Haydee —

    RE: Draft party

    There will still be a draft party inside University of Phoenix Stadium May 8. Details TBA.

  7. By Jonathan corona on Apr 29, 2014 | Reply

    Any more news on this draft party? I still can’t find anything

  8. By Darren Urban on Apr 29, 2014 | Reply

    Jonathan —

    RE: May 8 draft party

  9. By Big Ken on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Want to lower Carson’s cap number? Lets extend him thru 2016.

  10. By ored on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    i think extending palmer is a real possibility now that the o-line is starting to come together and players are learning Bruces’ system,he may be feeling comfortable for perhaps the first time,maybe we get a glimpse of his 1st pick overall potential,would be something to see him and fitz pull off a kurt warner year,floyd bringing memories of boldin,our “D” doing the nasty,and finally an o-line,ground game,and a swiss army knife in ellington…to say nothing of a potential shutdown secondary.nothing but anticipation for the draft and then the season.

  11. By Haydee E on Apr 17, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Darren
    We heard that Pro Bowl tickets are already on sale until June, also heard that we can purchase them and the Super Bowl tickets through Have you heard about this?

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 18, 2014 | Reply

    Haydee —

    RE: Super Bowl/Pro Bowl

    As far as I know, those tickets are not on sale to the general public right now. Super Bowl tickets may never be.

  13. By Bosco on Apr 18, 2014 | Reply

    how do you feel about
    combo of our new CB duo?

  14. By Tbru on Apr 20, 2014 | Reply has a link still to this years past Pro Bowl, that goes to Ticketmaster Which sates no Pro Bowl tickets currently on sale. I too doubt Superbowl tickets will be available to the public unless you are willing to pony up big bucks to a ticket broker.

  15. By Mike S. on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Question. With all this DE, and QB talk going in first round of the draft, how do you think the Cards go into the draft with addressing the problem they had with covering the TE last year? Is there possibly a 2nd round SS in the mix? Can they find some one who can, some what fit into Adrian Wilson’s shoes?

  16. By Darren Urban on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    Mike S. —

    RE: TE coverage

    I think it’s something they will address at some point, yes. As for Wilson’s shoes, this defense has morphed quite a bit. Not sure an Adrian Wilson-type is what they are looking for.

  17. By Mike S. on Apr 24, 2014 | Reply

    In reference to A. Wilson I was talking more like some who was heavy hitter, consistent, and dependable. That’s something I think will add the final piece to our secondary.

  18. By Cards Fan on Apr 23, 2014 | Reply

    My cardinals ticket rep told me that season ticket holders will have “first right of refusal” for Pro Bowl tickets.

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