GLENDALE, AZ - The Arizona Cardinals are bringing training camp back to the Valley this year, ditching the cool Flagstaff weather for the convenience of a Glendale home.
"I liked going up to Flagstaff," said Gail Wojcicki, a fan at FanFest, "but we'll come a couple more times now that it's close."
President Michael Bidwill confirmed Tuesday the Cards will conduct their public training camp practices this year at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
"We know that the most important thing for fans is where they can come see the team practice and that part is confirmed," Bidwill said. "We will practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. However, everything else beyond that still has to be worked out."
The move will be a big change for fans, used to spending training camp in the cooler Flagstaff climate surrounded by mountains and trees.
One thing that won't change? Attending practices and parking will continue to be free for fans. Specific dates and times for practices are yet to be announced.
"First and foremost, training camp is a critically important activity from a football standpoint in terms of preparing for the season ahead," Bidwill said. "Putting our team in the best possible environment to succeed is our number one focus.
"We also see it as very important from a fan engagement perspective and we are committed to making training camp as enjoyable an experience for fans as we can."