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Are the Arizona Cardinals Moving Their Training Camp to Glendale?

March 3rd, 2013 at 7:23 AM
By Steve Smith

'University of Phoenix stadium' photo (c) 2011, Nick Bastian - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

One of the joys of the summer for Arizona Cardinals fans has always been escaping the sweltering heat of the valley by taking a two-hour drive to the mountains of Flagstaff to watch their team compete at training camp.

That might be changing very soon.

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill says he’s working with the city of Glendale to move Arizona's training camp to the West Valley. It's not definite at this time but Bidwill met with Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers and about 300 residents of Glendale to put the idea out to the public.

If the move goes through, the Red Birds would train at University of Phoenix Stadium, where they have played since 2006. The Cardinals have held their annual training camp in Flagstaff ever since the team moved from St. Louis in 1988.

The Cardinals sought proposals from interested cities once the team's contract with Northern Arizona University expired.

Having the Cards train in Flagstaff is excellent for Flagstaff's economy, which gets an estimated $10 million boost during that time.

While it might be more convenient for fans to have the Red Birds stay in the West Valley, the sojourn in the mountains to watch their Cardinals train would probably be sorely missed by a majority of Cardinals fans.

It's been a tradition for a long time and there is something nice about traditional things.

We'll see if this long-standing tradition dies or not.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Football, Jerry Weiers, Michael Bidwill, NFL

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