They're talking with Glendale about using Univ. of Phx Stadium
It's looking more and more like the Arizona Cardinals will end their tradition of holding summer training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and instead move their camp to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
"The deal isn't done yet, but all arrows are pointing in the direction that a deal will get done," according to talk show host Mike Jurecki from Xtra Sports 910.
He says the Cardinals first began holding their training camp in Flagstaff in 1988, but the contract with NAU has expired and the team is looking for a better deal. "The Cardinals feel like maybe they could have gotten a lot more from Northern Arizona University, considering they bring up close to 40,000 fans, and bring to the economy about $10 million," Jurecki says.
He has sources who indicate that under the proposal being discussed, the Cards would have their entire operation based at University of Phoenix Stadium for training camp.
Practices would be held indoors, and fans would still have the same free access to watch as they currently do in Flagstaff. Then, Jurecki says, the field would be re-sodded at the end of training camp in preparation for the regular season.